Hollywood Standard: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style / Edition 2

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The simple format rules found in this book - which you can learn in an hour - come from Hollywood's top expert on script format and will guarantee that your script makes a winning first impression. Intended to be kept at a screenwriter's fingertips. The Hollywood Standard gives you what even the best script software can't clear, concise instructions and hundreds of examples to take the guesswork out of a multitude of formatting questions that perplex even seasoned screenwriters, waste their time, and steal their confidence.

Finally, there's a script format guide that is accurate, complete and easy to use, written by Hollywood's foremost authority on industry standard script formats. Riley's guideis filled with clear, concise, complete instructions and hundreds of examples to take the guesswork out of a multitude of formatting questions that perplex screenwriters, waste their time and steal their confidence.

You'll learn how to get into and out of a POV shot, how to set up a telephone intercut, what to capitalize and why, how to control pacing with format, and more. Create professional looking scripts and help them rise to the top of the stack

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Script proofreader Riley has learned and applied standard format rules to "untold thousands of scripts." He proudly proclaims, "I ended up knowing more about script format than anyone else in Hollywood," and on the basis of his new book, this may be a legitimate claim. Designed as a manual for every screenwriter-neophyte or old pro-it presents a format for writing scripts for theatrical feature films, hour-long television drama and long-form television, including made-for-TV movies and series. Riley's presentation will enable screenwriters to absorb material about, say, the necessity for page breaks, paragraphing and capitalization, without feeling intimidated. The book's strength lies in its ability to combine important specifics (e.g., the proper use of punctuation) with broader aspects of scriptwriting (e.g., how to describe what's being seen and heard within a shot or sequence). Toward the book's end, Riley incorporates all his lessons and suggestions into a section on the evolution of a script from first draft to production draft; appendixes offer sample script pages. Riley, who's also written screenplays for Touchstone Pictures, Paramount and Mandalay, supplies what may be the first accurate, complete and practical guide to standard script formats, a reference that writers of film would do well to keep handy as they work. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Meet the Author

Riley is a professional screenwriter working in Hollywood with his wife and writing partner, Kathleen Riley.

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Table of Contents

Single-camera film format 1
Shot headings 7
Direction 43
Dialogue 59
Transitions 79
Punctuation 85
The evolution of a script from first draft to production draft 91
Special pages 107
Multi-camera film format 117
Underwoods and apples : tools of the screenwriting trade 131
App. A Single-camera film format sample script pages 139
App. B 3-Camera film format sample script pages 151
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2009

    Required reading for any serious screenwriter

    This book was highly recommended by my screenwriting teacher, Mick Curran. It provides information about the real world of submitting scripts - creating a professional script that will (hopefully) make it past the readers and lead to a sale.

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