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For Professionalism Sake...JUST B4 THE SCRIPT...
AND AGAIN...MORE SCRIPT NOTES BEFORE DRAFTING THE PAGES:
REMEMBER...ONLY what is SEEN and WHAT IS HEARD are the only things that are written on the script pages.
If any type of "thoughts" from you arise, write them on some note pages. DO NOT WRITE THEM AS SUCH ON THE SCRIPT PAGES. Also, you can put them in the form of Voice Over or a Visual to be seen within the story as an option.
This step can take a varying amount of drafts before you are ready to present it or have it performed. Some writers have the experience where they can do such in two drafts while some other experienced as well as novice writers may write more drafts than they ever want to confess. YOU WILL PERSONALLY KNOW when it's ready for presentation. This is when you have your trusted fellows review and make notes on your creation who may see things that you may have overlooked or overdid. The ones who are honest and frank, with experience in writing, speaking, people's behaviors as well as those who observe many individuals are helpful in their views. Remember, they are views that you can take or leave. Use your judgment in determining what will improve and what will impede on progress. You're more gifted than you realize. No overkill.
There should always be more than one layer to your story. Of course, it is to entertain, but it must also have Spirit, creativity, whit, pizazz, personality, etc. etc. Don't ever assume your audience is lame, unless you know you're writing for a lame audience (big smile here).
Though correct formatting and spelling alone will not make your script chosen to be produced, it can cause a great story to be tossed in the trash if it is not presented in the correct typed format. After you have combed through your drafts, please make sure, and have others check, with fresh eyes on the project, in whom you are comfortable with, to check for errors which may not be obvious to you. It happens. It happens, even to the most cautious individuals.
Remember, only type WHAT IS SEEN & WHAT IS HEARD on the screen is on your script pages! If there is something that you feel you have to explain to the reader, SHOW IT IN AN ACTION OR HAVE IT VERBALIZED BY ONE OR MORE OF THE CHARACTERS LITERALLY IN THE STORY!
Each paragraph you have written in your treatment is generally a full scene in your script. Some scenes may amount to two or more locations (for example: ...stepping from the living room to the kitchen, from inside to outside a building, etc., etc.)
HALLELUJAH! THE SCRIPT! NOW, LET'S MOVE ON, TO THE BASIC FORMAT FOR YOUR SCRIPT PAGES:
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