Complete Screenwriter's Manual A Comprehensive Reference of Format and Style

ISBN-10: 0321397932

ISBN-13: 9780321397935

Edition: 2007

Authors: Ronald Mangravite, Stephen E. Bowles, Peter A. Zorn

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"A feast of information that addresses every conceivable issue with clarity and insight. It deserves a place in every serious screenwriter's library." -Richard Walter, chairman, UCLA screenwriting program The Complete Screenwriter's Manual is the most complete and comprehensive presentation of screenplay format and style on the market. Written by an author team with extensive professional and academic credentials and based on a unique step-by-step approach, this book features: A systematic approach to formatting a screenplay An accessible style beginners can easily grasp Accurate information on current industry practices Methods for creating professional-looking scripts Illustrations of common problems and their solutions Cross-referenced index
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Book details

List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/7/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 8.75" wide x 11.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Basic Format and Style
Guides to the Appearance of the Screenplay
Sample Screenplay Pages
Getting Started
The Format Box
The Header
Margin Settings
The Elements of a Screenplay
How Screenplays Begin and End
Scene Lines
General Rules
The Staging
The Location
The Time
Adding Specifics to the Scene Line
General Rules
Introducing Characters
Identifying Character Names to the Audience
Limitations and Liberties on Introducing Characters
Words That Get Capped
Using a Note
Refining the Writing of Instructions
The Dialogue-Block
General Rules
General Rules
Scenes, Sequences, and Transitions
Putting It All Together
Page Breaks
Unacceptable Page Breaks
Scene Numbers
The Title Page
Final Touches
Protection of Screenplays
Advanced Format and Style
Enhancing the Narrative
All About Slug Lines
The Master Shot
Slug Lines
Three Types of Slug Lines
What Utility Slug Lines Do
What Visual Slug Lines Do
What Non-Visual Slug Lines Do
Utility Slug Lines
Return to Scene
Intercut as Needed
Superimposed Words
Visual Slug Lines
Isolating Characters and Objects
Point of View (P.O.V.)
Series of Shots
Subdividing a Scene into Two or More Activities
Subdividing a Multi-Room Structure into Specific Rooms
Non-Visual Slug Lines
Identifying a Critical Sound
Emphasizing Something Dramatic
Indicating a Lapse of Time
Special Format Situations
Parallel Action
Telephone Conversations
Only One Side of the Conversation Is Seen and Heard
Only One Side of the Conversation Is Seen but Both Sides Are Heard
Both Sides of the Conversation Are Seen and Heard
Car Scenes
Both the Car and Location Are Important
Two or More Cars Are Engaged in a Chase
Activity Occurs Both Inside and Outside a Car
A Car Passes by a Fixed Position
Televised and Projected Images
Televised Images
Projected Images
Time-Shifts and Flashbacks
Unusual Scene Beginnings
A Scene That Begins with Sound before the Image Appears
A Scene That Begins with Text before the Image Appears
A Scene That Begins with a Visual Slug Line before the Master Shot
Unusual Effects
Special Effects
Strange Creatures
Strange Environments
Unusual Character Introductions
An Environment Is Described before the Character Is Introduced
A Character Enters the Story before Being Named
An Imaginary Character Appears
A Character Is Introduced by a Still Image
A Character Is Introduced by a Voice
A Character's Appearance or Demeanor Changes
A Character Appears at Different Ages
The Audience Is Aware the Character Is Disguised
The Audience Is Unaware the Character Is Disguised
A Character Has Multiple Identities or Personalities
Dreams and Fantasies
A Dream or Fantasy That Is Clearly Identified
A Dream or Fantasy That Is Disguised as Reality
Written Material On-Screen
The Content of a Letter Is Read Aloud
The Content of a Letter Is Heard Through the Mind of the Reader
The Content of a Letter Is Displayed On-Screen
An Emblem or a Sign
Stock Footage
Foreign Languages (With or Without Sub-Titles)
Title Cards
Common Format Mistakes
General Mistakes
Using Incorrect Line Spacing
Using an Incorrect Typeface
Confusing Real Time and Screen Time
Scene Line / Slug Line Mistakes
Writing Inaccurate Scene Lines
Confusing Scene Lines with Slug Lines
Confusing Locations
Improper Intercutting of Visuals
Confusing Slug Lines
Creating Unclear Cutaways
Using the Incorrect Format for a Series of Shots
Instruction Mistakes
Writing Instructions in the Past Tense
Using Illogical Wording
Using Illogical Actions
Capping Words Excessively
Providing Unknowable Information
Providing a Premature Description
Over-Describing a Basic Activity
Neglecting an Important Description
Introducing Too Many Characters Too Quickly
Introducing a Character Incorrectly
Not Clarifying Who Is in a Scene
Neglecting Character Exits
Dialogue-Block Mistakes
Improperly Formatting a Song or Poem
Creating Unwieldy Parentheticals
Summarizing Dialogue
Splitting Words with Hyphens
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