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Writing Structure - Building an Anthology Outline

Hi more experienced writers than I, I have been struggling to figure out how to outline a story (script) I am writing to put all my ideas together. I would like to make an Anthology where it starts ...
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Screenwriting using codenames

I'm currently writing a script where a woman is in a group that only uses codenames when with each other. I was wondering how I should address this in format. Her real name is known to the audience ...
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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 to write a good script? [closed]

I am a non native speaker and now trying to write a script. How to improve it to make it better? I need to limit to 40 words. I am XXX with ZZZ.com. We provide high quality consultant service at ...
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How to describe panel layouts in a script for a comic book?

What is the "best practice" for describing the layout of panels in a comic script? I have already done the layouts for these comics, but can't draw, so I want to write a script to give to a potential ...
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Is it okay to use “Off This—“ in a spec script?

I feel like it’s a great tool for transitioning scenes. Off the Sargent’s grimacing face— Off the dead cheerleader’s tramp stamp— But is this considered camera direction? Is this too specific for ...
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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 to show a flashback in a screenplay?

I’ve searched the questions and couldn’t find this. I don’t quite understand how to notate/show a flashback in a screenplay. Not just the format, but also the actual text and tense. I don’t know if ...
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What’s the longest a screenplay can be at the midpoint?

65 pages? 70 pages??? I’ve got almost 80 and need to know how much I have to cut
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Is an unseen character in phone call (V.O.) or (O.S.)?

Is an unseen character in phone call (V.O.) or (O.S.)? I don’t understand if it’s considered a voice over or an offscreen
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I’m considering adding a flashback to my script. Are they so bad?

I know that some people say flashbacks are to be frowned upon. But I’m in a situation where I feel a flashback could maybe be more effective. It’s a crime/drama/mystery. Basically, Greg has gone ...
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Should I create a fictional college if students go missing in my script?

I’m writing a fictional drama/crime/mystery sceenplay. In my script, college kids go missing from a REAL University. I like the realism and academic profile of an actual University, but would this ...
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Is it okay to sum up unimportant dialogue in the description? Let me explain

Like many, I’m a huge fan of the HBO series True Detective. I was reading the script for the second episode and I noticed this: INT. STATE CID - NIGHT Hart and Cohle enter the squad room, ...
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How do I format dialogue for an AI chatbot in a screenplay?

In my script, there is an AI chatbot character - ANNIE - that real characters communicate with via text. ANNIE has animated reactions and has an artificial speaking voice. Would I write ANNIE’S ...
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Is this featured article wrong about passive voice?

http://reelauthors.com/mobile/screenplay-coverage/screenwriting-present-tense-and-active-voice.php I think the article above is incorrect in its examples of passive voice. If I’m correct, I find it a ...
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How should I write this scene heading? Let me explain

In my screenplay, I have a character that’s a 20 year old college student. He lives at home. His name is Brett. Another character pulls up to Brett’s house. Should the scene heading read: EXT. ...
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When writing a script, is it okay to use sentence fragments?

I see sentence fragments all the time in online scripts, so I assume it’s okay. But there are a number of articles emphasizing the importance of grammar in screenwriting. So, which ones is it? (...
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Is it wrong if I kill off a black character?

He is one of two supporting characters that die in my screenplay. My wife says I shouldn’t make him black if he’s going to die. Would it be politically incorrect?
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How do I introduce a room of 4 new characters?

Do I start by describing each character before they speak? Each one of these characters are important. One of them is the lead. So, their descriptions are going to be a little chunky. I’m just ...
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Sample Script Submission

A job opening for a video game appeared and I was asked to submit a sample script. Ideally a video game one, but film also works. What should I submit? A random passage from a script I wrote, a short ...
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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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Asking for help in pitching and writing a script

I have an idea for a story to write. As a matter of fact, I wrote the first few pages. I like to write the story as a movie script and hopefully sell it, and hopefully it becomes a movie. But I am not ...
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In a screenplay/script format, how do you handle several people saying hello or goodbye to each other?

In formatting a script/screenplay. How do you handle greetings and goodbyes when there are several people? I can think of a few ways to handle it and don't like any of them. I was wondering which is ...
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Right approach to introduce a character on a script

I'm writing a script for a short film so I'm trying to keep the things that are kind of dispendable, away. The story of the script starts at a bar, with the friend of the main character, a boy, ...
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How to present asides in play writing?

I'm not sure whether this is the stackexchange website for this, but I'm in the process of writing a play for a competition. The main character often has asides (where she expresses an idea or thought ...
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Do screenplay writers work by an established plot, or do they improvise without one?

I am very curious to know how screenwriters create screenplays. Do writers start with a basic plot and then add the scenes and arrange them, expanding on the plan? Or do they have a very very tiny ...
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What is the ideal approach to writing a script for a comic book?

Comic book scripts include panel details, dialogue, captions, SFX... Dark Horse Comics has an example in their submission guidelines, and the format for every panel can look something like this: ...
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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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Is scripting a cartoon tv show the same as scripting a movie?

I don't know if this is the correct place to put this but here goes. I'm just curious if scripting a cartoon is like scripting a movie or not. I've tried consulting google but I've really gotten ...
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What's the meaning of the running numbers in left margin of a movie script online?

Currently, I am going through the script of The Battle of Algiers. On the left margin, there are numbers starting from 1 to 146. It is a 120 minutes long film. What are the significance of these ...
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Hollywood script vs Bollywood script

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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What does “OFF” mean in a script?

Could anybody, please, enlighten me as to what "off" means in the following excerpts taken from the script for the TV show "Breaking Bad"? (I've also come across the same use of "off" in other scripts)...
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How can I find an agency for copywriting/script writing (for advertising) in the UK?

I'm a creative copywriter and I've done the odd voice-over writing gig. Think ads and brand videos. I enjoy them a lot, and thought I'd seek out some agencies that specialise in creative copy 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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Script Writing as it pertains to TV and Radio lines

If a Radio or TV needs to be audible. How is that written in a Script? Is it written like the characters, or is written in the description in parentheses?
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When writing TV scripts, is it heard of to change not only the characters but the type of story?

I have an idea but before i run with it I need to know if you heard of a show going from, let's say, drama to fantasy. I have smooth transitions from one to the other and the B-plot carries through. ...
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Do script readers start at the beginning?

Script readers-- the people who sift and sort the vast piles of scripts submitted to Hollywood -- do they start at the beginning? The reason I ask is that I know 99% of scripts are awful and just get ...
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Is it a good idea to first write the linear plot when writing a segmented screenplay?

I am working on a segmented screen play, involving three major segments cutting in and out frequently. I was planning to write the entire plot in a linear, unsegmented style, then cut it up per the ...
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Improving Ad Script

I am looking for some advice on how to improve a short script that I have for an advertisement/introduction video. I have been revising this for two months now. I have below two different versions. ...
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requesting a review/critique of an outro narrative

Here's an outro narrative I wrote for our movie we're working on and I was wondering whether someone could provide a critique. Anything what would help improve it before we pass it to the recording ...
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Formatting for stage, television, and the silver screen

What are the formatting rules for scripts? Are there significant variations? What differences are there between stage plays, television, and movies?
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Are there some good books about scriptwriting to study?

After a little googling I found this: The Complete Book of Scriptwriting What are other good examples?
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How do I get involved in writing for video games?

Many video games have deep storylines. This has been the case since the early text adventures where creative writing was all that existed to keep a player engaged in the game. I believe that some ...