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

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

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by Christopher Riley
     
 

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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

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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 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.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781615930043
Publisher:
Wiese, Michael Productions
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Series:
Hollywood Standard: The Complete & Authoritative Guide to
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
653,754
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

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

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The Hollywood Standard: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Tim Conde More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not sure what people are complaining about. Works great on the Nook. Just make sure you have your font set to Publisher's Font, and also view or read the book in horizontal , not vertical. There you won't have any weird line breaks. Great informative book.
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RainyDayWriterCR More than 1 year ago
I don't care who you are, or what level you are writing at, this is the best deskside reference book I have found. If you want to be current on your formatting, slug lines, and overall accepted "look" for your screenplay, then get this book. It is concise, to the point, and stuffed with clear examples of how, and how not, to write your screenplay elements. Even if you have one of the popular script writing software packages such as Final Draft, Movie Magic, or Movie Outline, you need to have this book. I have had great feedback on the format of my scripts, and it is one of the first things any Reader looks at before ever reading one line of your masterpiece. This is not a "how to writer a screenplay" book, but more of a correct formatting guide. It has worked for me in several contests, and I cannot recommend it enough.