Screenplay Presentability

SCREENPLAY PRINTING

Armed with the proper paper for your screenplay, your aim now should be to print the cover sheet, the title sheet, and your screenplay itself on the best printer (or print setting) you can. Nowadays ink jet printers do an acceptable job, but if something better can be found (like a laser printer) use that. Remember, you only get one chance to make a good first impression, and this is your baby.

If you don't have your own printer, or what you have seems less than ideal, try a friend or someone's workplace. Copy places like Kinko's (now FedEx Office) or Staples may seem costly, but the difference in quality (or simply getting it done at all) is where it's at.

Some shops in L.A. will print and delivery your script for you. This offers advantages in terms of establishing an L.A. presence, and the ultimate look-and-feel of the screenplay is likely to be up to snuff for industry types. Hollywood Script Express is a good examples of these.

Do your very best with this part of the process. It's well worth your time, effort, and expense.

BLACK INK ONLY!!

Veer from this dictum at your own risk. Color variations in ink choice should be made only if it's absolutely critical to making something clear to the reader. Establishing ambience or just a sense of things isn't enough to risk it. Consider also what happens when the reader copies your script to show to someone else--something you desperately want him to do. Will that copier faithfully represent your color choice, or even copy in color at all?

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