The Hollywood Standard: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style [NOOK Book]

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The Hollywood Standard describes in clear, vivid prose and hundreds of examples how to format every element of a screenplay or television script. A reference for everyone who writes for the screen, from the novice to the veteran, this is the dictionary of script format, with instructions for formatting everything from the simplest master scene heading to the most complex and challenging musical underwater dream sequence. This new edition includes a quick start guide, plus new chapters on avoiding a dozen deadly ...
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The Hollywood Standard: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style

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Overview

The Hollywood Standard describes in clear, vivid prose and hundreds of examples how to format every element of a screenplay or television script. A reference for everyone who writes for the screen, from the novice to the veteran, this is the dictionary of script format, with instructions for formatting everything from the simplest master scene heading to the most complex and challenging musical underwater dream sequence. This new edition includes a quick start guide, plus new chapters on avoiding a dozen deadly formatting mistakes, clarifying the difference between a spec script and production script, and mastering the vital art of proofreading. For the first time, readers will find instructions for formatting instant messages, text messages, email exchanges and caller ID.

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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  • Posted July 14, 2011

    Not intended for Nook.

    While a great book, it is not designed for the Nook and many parts are unreadable due to the spacing of passages in the book. I hate to say this but do not buy this, get the physical copy of the book.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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