Formatting Questions? Try This…

I’ve gotten a lot of formatting questions lately, everything from how to do slugs and shot headings to the correct way to show different sides of a phone conversation. 

I’ve emailed some of you back directly (and some of you I’ll get to shortly, I promise), but I also wanted to introduce a great formatting resource to those of you with questions.

The second edition of Christopher Riley‘s The Hollywood Standard: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style came out last month, and it’s the go-to place for questions and quandries on script formatting and style, whether you’re writing a movie, a single-camera TV spec, or a sitcom.

It covers everything from margins to fonts to montages to sound effects, and while this isn’t a “creative” book– it’s a rulebook to screenplay
formatting–  it’s invaluable in helping you translate the vision in
your head to something articulate and understandable on the page.

Not sure whether to use a FADE or a WIPE?  This book will tell you.  Need a screenplay program that will work within Microsoft Word?  This book has your answer.  Unsure how to deal with deletions or revisions in a production script?  Search no more.

I literally keep a copy on my desk– my hand is on it right now– and I consult it CONSTANTLY.

Anyway, do yourself a favor: pick a copy (I’ll include a link below) and use it till it’s dog-eared.  You won’t be sorry.

You might also like:

  • No Related Posts
CATEGORIES
Books Tools Resources, Reader Questions

About Ben Sobieck

Benjamin Sobieck is a Wattpad Star and 2016 Watty Award winner. He’s best known on Wattpad for Glass Eye: Confessions of a Fake Psychic Detective, the Watty Award–winning sequel Black Eye, and When the Black-Eyed Children Knock & Other Stories. Four of his titles have appeared on Wattpad Top 100 Hot Lists, all at the same time.

COMMENT

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.