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Learn how to properly write and format the first draft of your script.  This module is a complete guide that walks you through every step of how to format a screenplay.


  • 22:36 video that walks you through every step of how to properly write and format the first draft of your script
  • Extensive formatting guide to help you know how to properly format each part of the script
  • Fifteen tricks and traps of writing dialogue
  • Script formatting cheat sheet
  • Shooting script for the film "Currency," which you can review as a reference
  • Recommended script-formatting software guide
  • Word script-writing template
For Instructors:
  • Script Writing Course Curriculum Guide
  • Exercise - The First Draft


  • How to properly format a movie script
  • How to create the scene header and its various components
  • How to write good scene descriptions
  • Formatting dialogue, parentheticals and stage direction
  • Basic and advanced formatting techniques
  • Tips and tricks for what Hollywood producers look for in a script
  • Common mistakes that can cost you a sale
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