How to Write Text Messages in a Screenplay: Formatting Explained

With an increasing presence of technology in film, it is important to understand how to write text messages in a screenplay. Text messaging has become not only commonplace, but necessary in day to day communication for most people. It is only appropriate that this form of communication comes up in the lives of a story’s… Continue reading How to Write Text Messages in a Screenplay: Formatting Explained

Writing for Television — Format, Genre and Structure

With new streaming platforms emerging every year and binge watching becoming an art form, the television industry needs more writers than ever. Unfortunately, there is also more competition than ever. Breaking into the TV industry can be tough, but here are the fundamentals you need to know about becoming a television show writer as well… Continue reading Writing for Television — Format, Genre and Structure

What is a Slug Line? Scene Heading Screenplay Formatting

While cinematography has the unique ability to visually draw an audience’s eye to something specific, screenwriters also have a unique tool to draw a reader’s attention to a specific scene element within a screenplay. The slug line is one of the best tools a screenwriter has for drawing attention and incorporating visual elements into a… Continue reading What is a Slug Line? Scene Heading Screenplay Formatting

What Does CONT’D Mean in a Screenplay & How to Use It

MORE and CONT’D are dialogue transitions that are used to mark the continuation of characters speaking in a screenplay. We’re going to show you how to use MORE and CONT’D with screenplay examples – and then we’ll explain when you should use them in your own scripts.Continue reading What Does CONT’D Mean in a Screenplay… Continue reading What Does CONT’D Mean in a Screenplay & How to Use It

How to Write Sluglines: Scene Heading Format and Creative Uses

Screenplays are a unique and often challenging medium for storytelling because they are essentially stories on the page made for the screen. It can be difficult for screenwriters to communicate the visuals of a film through screenwriting, but one of the best tools they have to do this is the slug line. They are used… Continue reading How to Write Sluglines: Scene Heading Format and Creative Uses

Amazon Storywriter Alternative: Screenwriting from Script to Screen

Amazon Storywriter, Amazon Storyteller & Amazon Storybuilder were screenwriting tools for storytellers who wanted a cloud-based script writing option. Unfortunately, they’re no longer available. But don’t fret, they weren’t the only game in town — there is actually a more intuitive and powerful solution out there: StudioBinder. We’re going to walk you through what makes StudioBinder’s… Continue reading Amazon Storywriter Alternative: Screenwriting from Script to Screen

How to Write a Montage in a Script — Formatting For Various Locations

You’ve got a great idea for a montage. But what does it look like on the page? Figuring out how to write a montage in a script the “right” way is a common concern. There isn’t one definitive way to write a montage. You have plenty of industry-standard options. We’ll cover all of them in this… Continue reading How to Write a Montage in a Script — Formatting For Various Locations

How to Write a Car Chase Scene in a Screenplay [with Examples]

T here’s something about a car chase that captivates an audience.  Maybe it’s the need for speed, or, perhaps it’s the knowledge that at any moment the scene can come to an abrupt end that gets the heart racing. But is it easy to pull off?  Nowadays, sophisticated audiences require more from their action scenes.  Car… Continue reading How to Write a Car Chase Scene in a Screenplay [with Examples]

How to Format a Script with Keyboard Shortcuts

Proper screenplay format is a necessary evil. Some rules are set in stone while others can be left up to a writer’s preference–the lack of consensus can certainly be frustrating. So, what’s a writer to do? The first step is to use a screenwriting program, like StudioBinder. This ensures that most of your formatting concerns are dealt… Continue reading How to Format a Script with Keyboard Shortcuts

Shrek Script Explained: Download the Entire Shrek Script PDF FREE

A screenwriter will be one step ahead of their competition if they understand what studio executives and producers look for in a script. You already know this, and that’s why you’re here to look at one of the most successful animated film franchises of all time … Shrek. Is it worth taking the time to read the Shrek script? Depends… Continue reading Shrek Script Explained: Download the Entire Shrek Script PDF FREE