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The Do's and Don'ts of Scriptwriting

November 18, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 97

The movie business is very competitive and a lot depends on the script. If you are the scriptwriter of the movie, you need to keep several things in mind. The following is a list of do's and don'ts of scriptwriting:


·It is very important for you to proofread your script before sending it over to the production team. It is not really a good idea to trust your grammar checking program to take care of all the spelling mistakes; the grammar checker might not have a couple of important words in its built-in dictionary and might miss some grammatical errors.

·You should get someone else to proofread the script. If you get someone else to do that he would inevitably be able to find a couple of mistakes that you have been continuously missing.

·You would require a couple of photocopies of your script; try to get yourself the best quality photocopies because no one really wants to go through an untidy page.

·You should use high quality brass brads for binding your script. Find something that is big enough to accommodate your entire script.

·It is a good idea to get a copyright for your script rather than applying for only a WGA registration. Copyrighting your script is definitely going to be a costly phenomenon, but it is going to last longer compared to a WGA registration.

·You should attach a very precise cover letter with your script while sending it over to filmmakers so they get the basic idea on what the script is about and also your contact details.


·It is not really a good idea to have a fancy looking title page with lots of colors, huge fonts and irrelevant information. The title page should just contain the title, your name and your contact details.

·You should not put a quotation on the title page of your script. Nobody except you would be bothered about it.

·Your script is definitely going to have different sections; it is not a good idea to use blank pages to separate one section from another. You might end up confusing the filmmakers.

·The script itself is supposed to be a rough outline of the story that you have in mind; there is no need to insert a second page of that talks about the theme of your script.

·No need to add a page that contains descriptions of different characters of the story.

·You should not include illustrations inside your script to explain a particular situation. Your script should be self-sufficient.

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