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How should I include the sentence that a character would've said if they weren't interrupted in a screenplay?

Write the lines in full. Indicate in the stage directions that they speak over each other and interrupt. As a scriptwriter: do not attempt to micromanage the performances of actors who do not yet ...
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Why would a movie studio pay for a script?

Because litigation is expensive, both in terms of actual dollars but in terms of reputation. Harlan Ellison's threat of litigation was enough to get him an undisclosed cash settlement and an ...
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Why would a movie studio pay for a script?

I see what you're saying, maybe, but if you change the setting and characters then all you have is a premise that falls within a genre. There are a limited number of each of those but an infinite ...
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How should I include the sentence that a character would've said if they weren't interrupted in a screenplay?

The standard way is to put it on the screen. They can say it later in dialogue, perhaps. Another character can ask them, later. If you cannot fit that in, leave it out. The number one rule in ...
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How to write an open-ended script for voice-acting an animated series

On TVtropes, look up "Groucho Does Something Funny". The trope is for a script writing technique where the writers would write a note in the script for an actor who they know can do better ...
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Format multiple alternative scene variants in a draft script

Is there a way to have multiple alternative variants of a scene (alternative dialogue, shorter scene, etc.) in a spec script Formally Variations are formatted in separate scripts with cover letters ...
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How long should I develop a character before killing him?

It sounds like this is an important motivational character whose death is significant to the protagonist. Let's call this important motivational character Wormbait and the protagonist Hero, to keep ...
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Adding "thoughts on something" to the "metadata" of a fountain screenplay

where to put my thoughts on something (let's say, worldbuilding) in the screenplay. Of course, it can't be anywhere where it would be printed. Fountain has at least 2 ways add text that are for ...
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Why is the standard screenplay format just plain ASCII? Why don't use LaTeX or Word?

There's also a format called fountain, which is based on markdown, that can serve both purposes: Preserving the typewriting-like style Still be human-readable While also be machine-readable without ...
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