How to Format Your Script Like a Pro
Upgrade your professional screenwriting skills in this practical course covering the basics, tips, and tricks of successful formatting.
What you can learn.
- Learn how to format the various elements of a script by industry standards
- Understand how formatting relates to the clarity and succinct writing
- Identify red flags that might turn professional readers away from your work
- Get insight into advanced writing techniques that cue filmmakers to employ your story vision
About this course:Screenplay formatting is an industry standard practice that allows a writer to accurately communicate their stories to directors, actors, producers, executives and other Hollywood professionals in this collaborative medium. Without adhering to this standard, scripts become indecipherable and distract the reader from the story, characters, and world you are trying to convey. In this course, you learn how to properly format scene headings, action/exposition lines, characters, dialogue, parentheticals and transitions. But even with screenwriting software, writers still struggle with the intricacies of formatting as it relates to clarity, succinctness, and the reader’s emotional experience. You also learn how to spot formatting red flags that prejudge your script as amateurish, and explore advanced techniques that help you direct and edit on the page without the use of camera directions and other technical jargon.
Summer 2021 Schedule
Remote instruction courses are taught online in real-time with regularly scheduled class meetings held via Zoom. Course materials can be accessed any time through an online learning platform.
Early enrollment required.
This course uses remote instruction. As such, instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at course meeting times as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation.