Here is an important article you need to know before heading to the concept. What comes to your mind when you hear the word script? Many people interpret or define a particular thing according to their belief and understanding towards it, which is why in most cases we have many definitions for a term, taking a script as an example.
What is a script?
A script is a written literary work solely meant for film production, television show, and other things pertaining to media, that shows actions and dialogue of characters. It is the mastermind and a foundation of movie production, in which film production can not commence if there is no script.
A script is written in a specific structure or format that differentiates the character from the dialogue and the actions.
According to Wikipedia “A screenplay, or script, is a written work by screenwriters for a film, television program, or video game. These screenplays can be original works or adaptations from existing pieces of writing. In them, the movement, actions, expression, and dialogues of the characters are also narrated.”
In script, characters show their actions and emotions through dialogue according to the written script.
What is a standard screenplay format?
With the so many script sofwares developed by production companies, that can enable writers to develop scripts with ease, a lot of writers do not know the basics of script structuring. As a writer either beginner or professional, you should know the format of scriptwriting without the help of any script software.
Below are the basics of script structuring.
- 12-point Courier font size
- 1.5-inch margin on the left of the page
- 1-inch margin on the right of the page
- 1 inch on the top and bottom of the page
- Each page should have approximately 55 lines
- The dialogue block starts 2.5 inches from the left side of the page
- Character names must have uppercase letters and be positioned starting 3.7 inches from the left side of the page
In conclusion, many script softwares automatically has this script format so as to enable scriptwriters to develop scenes easily. This has reduced the writer’s stress in developing a good script However as a passionate professional scriptwriter, it is important to know the script format or structure.