While there can be slight variations for different types of scripts (ie multicam sitcom teleplays), screenplays follow strict formatting rules. Fortunately, software like Highland, will do the heavy lifting for you. Here are the basics: 12-point Courier font 1.5 inch left margin 1 inch right margin (between .5 inches and 1.25 inches), ragged 1 inch […]
What does it mean when a writer uses ALL CAPS?
Generally, text in a screenplay’s actions or stage directions will be in ALL CAPS when something deserves special attention. Some common all caps examples: The first time a character is introduced, his or her name should be in all caps. This is the one steadfast all caps rule. Visual or special effects will often be […]
How do you format a montage in a screenplay?
There is no hard and fast rule for how to format montages in screenplays. As with all formatting, the goal is to express what’s happening on screen as clearly and simply as possible, without breaking up the flow of the screenplay or taking your reader out of the script. The following are a few montage […]
Can you reference specific, proper-noun products/songs/locations/etc. in your screenplay?
By all means, yes. Being specific often helps your scene feel more grounded, or funnier. But keep in mind there’s a difference between mentioning the name of a real thing, which is generally fair game — REGGIE That dude’s a top hat and monocle away from being the tycoon in Monopoly. — and the thing […]
How do you format a telephone conversation in a screenplay?
There are a few ways to deal with telephone conversations in screenplays. If only one party is seen and heard, treat it like other dialogue, with pauses or beats or actions to break up that character’s dialogue and indicate when the other party is talking. Clara puts down the bucket and answers the phone. CLARA […]
What does SUPER mean?
SUPER means that something is superimposed over the image, usually text. For example, you may see: SUPER: The Whitehouse. 7:14pm. Day of the Democratic Primary. That would mean that this text is displayed over the image when we enter the scene. This is not the only way to handle on-screen text, though. The links below […]