The properly-formatted screenplay opens doors in the movie business and improper format closes
them quickly. Here's help for you getting it right, even the international writer.
Use screenwriting software
The fastest and easiest way to make sure your screenplay is formatted properly is to write it
using popular screenwriting software such as . .
can also be used with popular word processing packages. Celtx offers a free version and an
excellent way to collaborate throughout the production process. It comes in a variety of foreign
languages, translating amongst many of them.
Most of these software packages can handle international formats. All greatly ease and speed your
screenwriting, while putting your words into proper format along the way.
No matter how good the screenwriting software, it pays to know the nuts and bolts of
screenplay formatting yourself, in case: 1) the software doesn't get it right for some reason; or,
2) you have special needs it doesn't handle so well. Much of screenplay formatting requires human
decisions and input. And check all the default settings to make
sure they're to spec before you send your script off.
Consider screenplay format examples
To give you a quick overview of what a 'properly formatted' screenplay looks like in Hollywood,
take a peek at screenplay format examples online . .
Purchase screenplay format guides
Many published guides
Hollywood screenplay formatting exist, each offering some portions
of example screenplays. Consider, for example . .
Screenplay Format Guide--an 8.5 x 11" (when closed), laminated, four-page, folded card--might be
just the thing to carry around with you.
See screenwriting format tips and pointers
To get a better sense of the ins and outs of screenplay formatting, review some of the related
tips and pointers . .
International writer resources
Non U.S. writers wanting to submit to the U.S. market may want to look over US Screenplay Presentation at Between Borders. U.S. writers
wanting to submit abroad might consider these resources Movie Making: Manual Screenplay Format.