Most published scripts in books or archives are of a movie’s shooting script, not the original screenplay that was submitted. Your screenplay should have these characteristics: no scene numbers, very few camera shots, and sequences written in master scenes. Do and Dont’s.

  1. No camera directions
  2. No opening credits
  3. Only ‘fade in’ and ‘fade out.’ No ‘cut to,’ ‘dissolve,’ etc.
  4. Capitalize character names
  5. At least 90 pages, no longer than 120 pages
  6. Dialog no longer than five lines
  7. Scenes no longer than five pages in length
  8. Scene descriptions are no longer than four lines
  9. Character names should sound differently. Start character names with different letters.
  10. Minor characters do not need names
  1. Slugline: INT. SUSAN’S BEDROOM – NIGHT
  2. Use Courier 12-point, ten-pitch, non-proportional
  3. Printed on white bond paper, 20 lb.

Screenplay standard format, white paper, page size 8.5 x 11 inches, font Courier, 12 pt. The top margin is one inch (1”), the dialogue margin begins at three inches (3”) and ends at six point two inches (6.2”). The description and slug line margin starts at one point seven inches (1.7”) and ends at seven point five inches (7.5”). Scene headings (slug line) are always ALL CAP with INT. for interior, EXT. for the exterior, and I/E. for when a scene goes in and out of a building. There is one single space break between the slug line and the description. The bottom margin is usually one inch (1”).