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Is it possible to mix a script and a screenplay into one?

Screenplays and scripts primarily separate out dialogue and stage directions, etc. Would it be feasible to write a script and mix elements of a screenplay into it, to give both technical and acting ...
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How to write a Scene Heading for on the way somewhere

I am writing my very first script and I have so much to learn. For now, I want to know how to write a scene heading where the character is on the way to a location. EXT. SEASIDE - DAY ... character ...
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Why is the format of a Bollywood film script so different from that of a Hollywood movie?

I was comparing between the formats of scripts from both Hollywood and Bollywood. Following is the first page of the script of Pulp Fiction. And following is the first page of a Bollywood film, Jab ...
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How to write dates shown on screen

I’m wanting to know how to enter dates that will be shown in text on the screen in a screenplay, I’ve see. Several ways to do it so I wanted clarification, thx for any help
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How should a scene in a screenplay be formatted when switching between a re-telling of a story and the story being told?

I have a scene where a character is recounting their side of a story in a courtroom. The character tells a good chunk of their story, and then we see the experiences he is recounting instead of his ...
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How do you write “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!” in a movie script professionally?

Stephen: I am your daddy. Robert: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The question is how do you write no in a way that looks professional without removing the "...
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How do you estimate the length of your screenplay in screentime?

The title says it all. I'm talking about a feature-length film here, although I'm sure the techniques are universal.
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How do you contact Hollywood directors?

What legitimate websites or methods can I use to contact a few directors about making a movie from my book? How many pitches for movies does a director receive? What percentage of their mail or ...
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Starting Sentences [duplicate]

I have been working on a book on an online website lately and while I was looking through my previous chapters I find myself starting sentences repeatedly with the character's pronoun or name. I want ...
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Do screenplay writers work by an established plot, or do they improvise without one?

In writing in general, there are discovery writers and outliners, planners vs. pantsers. I am very curious to know how screenwriters create screenplays. Do writers start with a basic plot and then ...
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How do I write transitions between thinking and speaking?

I've just downloaded an open-source script-writing program, and have started converting the scripts for an anime I've been writing into industry-standard formatting. There are a few points in the ...
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How difficult is it to break into screenwriting?

Is it difficult to get anyone to buy a screenplay you write? I am thinking about writing a screenplay but am concerned that maybe I shouldn't waste my time; I have no formal training in writing ...
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What is the WGA compensation when multiple writers work on the same episode?

I understand that if you want to hire a writer to write an episode there are certain minimums set, like $15k for a 20min sitcom story plus teleplay. But, what if there are multiple writers writing a ...
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Why write a book when there's a movie in my head?

Around a decade ago, I had a dream. An actual middle of the night dream. An entire movie played in my head, all I had to do was write it down. I did a fair bit of research on the topic then I spent ...
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Can You Hide A Character's Name?

So I'm writing a screenplay and I'm not sure if I can hide my character's name. Do I have to say it in the screenplay but just mention that we don't get their name until later. I've heard I should ...
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Screenplay Writing Software for Apple OS X

I'm looking for Screen Play Creation Software for Mac OS X that doesn't require internet access. What options exist?
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Referring to groups and unnamed individuals from groups in a screenplay

The following extract is from a screenplay I'm writing. I could really use some advice on how to format it, particularly around referring to groups of people and an unnamed person from a group. Bob ...
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Film script - writing scene transition from TV Broadcast to story reality

I'm writing a script that has a news broadcast sequence to establish the background of the story, and then we see the main character is watching this news broadcast to transition from worldbuilding to ...
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How to pitch TV show with a 'hook' when have a complete bible and treatments?

So, I have a TV show I have been writing and will finish soon enough. I have been working on this for a long time, and have written 9 seasons. The type of show is a sitcom. It is based on my ...
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In a screenplay, how do you show people talking over each other?

When writing a script where you have two (or more) people talking at the same time, how is that formatted? Side-by-side columns? Some other vertical grouping? Notes? Does it vary? Examples would be ...
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Screenplay dialogue tags for unintroduced characters

I am writing a screenplay for a TV show in which a character who will become important later in the series has a line of dialogue in the opening scene. However, he is offscreen and will not be ...
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What Does A Person Mean That My Novel Reads Like A Screenplay?

I have recently heard from some literary agents that my book, my opening chapters, reads like a screenplay. Now, this is a minority view. Most agents just think my opening chapters are beautifully ...
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How do I write a character's name in a short film script?

When introducing a character in a short film script, does a full name have to be used, or is their last name not needed?
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Multiple superimposed supers

I'm trying to figure out the correct formatting for multiple supers for the intro of my film. I imagine four separate superimposed lines, one appears, then fades away, until they are finished. How ...
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Is it a bad idea to write two screenplays at once? [closed]

I write scripts. Right now I'm writing a feature. I'm kind of a beginner, so I wanted to ask, is it a bad idea to write two screenplays at once? Sometimes, I sit down to write and start having all ...
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Screenplay format: Can character names be shortened after the first mention?

For example: TED DIBAR, (40s) swings his cape to the side, as he approaches Felix. Do I need to continue to use the character's full name, or can I shorten it in subsequent mentions?
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When and how to reveal the details of a protagonist's traumatic backstory

I'm writing a screenplay. The main character has suffered a major tragedy, but we don't know that yet. This, of course, hugely affects the way he acts, due to this tragedy he is now a broken man, ...
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How do I end a comedy sketch?

I have a premise, which I think is funny/clever. I want to write this as a comedy sketch, to be acted out or shot on video. I have three "scenes" which are basically three different re-capitulations ...
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Which language to choose: my native language or English? [duplicate]

I want to right screen play, but every time I think about writing, the first question that pops in my head is which one to choose: my native language or English?
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How to handle screenplay revisions in Final Draft?

I need to revise a screenplay in Final Draft, and I'm finding that the revision features in the program are poor. Are there any ways to introduce revision features in to Final Draft, similar to Track ...
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RNG 109 Watermark

I've been reading up a bunch of Screenplays from movies that I liked and came across a couple of them with a curious watermark on them, saying "RNG-109". I noticed this on a version of the Script for "...
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What are the differences between a script and a screenplay?

There is usually a lot of confusion when it comes to these two terms. Some sources say that there is no (practical) difference between the two while other sources talk of various kinds of differences. ...
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How can I make it so that my story isn't resolved so easily? [closed]

I'm writing a screenplay for a project in my film studies class and I'm close to resolving the conflict, but as I near the end, it feels like it's being resolved far too easily. In summary, the ...
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How to format quick flashes in a screenplay?

Question : In my screenplay, the main character occasionally suffers quick flashes, like visions. I have been unable to assert if I am formatting these correctly. Please also note the single and ...
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If I have an idea for an animated series how do I write it out?

So basically I’ve come up with a story that I believe could be an interesting animated series, but I’m not in the stages where I’m ready to try and pitch it or anything. How should I approach writing ...
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When writing non-linear, do I have to note time changes?

I’m writing a non linear drama and my question is: do I have to notate what will be seen literally in the film, like age differences and such because the film won’t require much if any scene cues like ...
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What are the main aspects to have in mind to write a screenplay or dramatic text? [closed]

I'm an actress but I also want to start writing my own stuff for good so I can develop them into film or play. I've been writing but something keeps missing! So what are the main aspects to write ...
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How to introduce a character properly

I'm working on a screenplay and I know the basics of formatting, however I still don't get why the first time a character speaks some line, it has to be written as He or Man instead of his actual ...
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Indicating fill pieces in a script

I'm writing a script that involves an interview with a person a la 60 minutes or Behind the Music. I'm a little confused if the "fill pieces" should be formatted as "recorded" or "prerecorded" in its ...
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In the Windows version of Scrivener for Screenplay formatting, how do format for action/dialogue/shot?

There is a way to automatically change the indices to respect whether it is a line of dialogue or a description of the setting, but I can't find a way to bring the menu up consistently when hitting "...
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Can one feasibly sell an adult-content screenplay?

So I may have a few fairly high-quality very-adult screenplays lying around and I was just wondering if there was any hope of my profitting off them in some way? Does anyone have any experience with ...
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Good recess scene screenplay [closed]

I'm wondering if anyone could tell me how to write some very short recess scene at a school? I'm out of ideas. P.S. this would be acted.
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How do we write a movie script with a view towards establishing all of the visual symbolisms and how they should be interpreted?

How do we write a movie script with a view towards establishing all of the visual symbolisms and how they should be interpreted? Often, movie scripts often only have dialogues and some very brief ...
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live or recorded [duplicate]

I'm writing an interview a la 60 minutes or Behind the Music, where the interviewer show footage of the subject's homelife. I'm not sure if I'm supposed to indicate that the "behind the scenes" ...
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About sound effects

I'm writing a script that shows a speaker interacting with their audience. The speaker finishes speaking and the audience reacts. I wrote it like this. Loud CHEERS from the audience. I'm wondering ...
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Where is a good place to locate / source good script & story writers?

I am working for a company that wishes to source writers for their current production of an upcoming funny cartoon series called Firsty. The directors are currently looking for writers & stories ...
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Feature film and finding a co-writer

I've written a few scripts for film, but think I need to collaborate with someone. I always run out of ideas. Where would I find a co-writer?
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Good screenwriting-specific collaboration software

My brother and I want to work on a screenplay together and are looking for a true real-time collaboration software that is also secure. Plotbot shows edits by all parties in real-time, but you have ...
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How to describe a seemingly-random doodle/symbol, whose details are significant?

In my Crime/Mystery/Drama screenplay, there’s a seemingly random doodle at the bottom of a mysterious note. The random doodle looks like a three eyed stick man with a hat. It is drawn with only lines ...
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How many blank lines before scene headings (and secondary scene headings) using Amazon Storywriter

Question : How many blank lines should be before scene headings and secondary scene headings in a screenplay? Note that I am using Amazon Storywriter. Detail : I am writing a screenplay with Amazon ...

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