How to Write a Screenplay: Script Writing Example & Screenwriting Tips
By Mario O. Moreno and Kay Tuxford It's easy to feel intimidated by the thought of writing a screenplay. The rules! The formatting! The binding! Combine that with the right screenwriting software, books and supplies, and you'll be ready to type FADE IN before you know it. Sample Screenplay Page Recommended Screenwriting Software for Writing a Screenplay What is a Screenplay? In the most basic terms, a screenplay is a 90-120 page document written in Courier 12pt font on 8 1/2" x 11" bright white three-hole punched paper. A screenplay can be an original piece, or based on a true story or previously written piece, like a novel, stage play or newspaper article. For example, it's crucial to remember that film is primarily a visual medium. The First Page of a Screenplay The top, bottom and right margins of a screenplay are 1". The very first item on the first page should be the words FADE IN:. Screenplay Elements Scene HeadingIndent: Left: 0.0" Right: 0.0" Width: 6.0" Example: EXT. Spec Script vs.