What Is the Typical Format of a Movie Script?


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Basic formatting of a movie script or screenplay has the writer using a 12-point Courier font, a 1.5-inch left margin and 1-inch ragged right margin. Each page itself contains 55 lines per page regardless of the paper size. The dialogue speaker names appear in all caps and sit 3.7 inches from the left side of the page, while actors' parentheticals lie 3.1 inches from the left side of the page. Standard dialogue sits 2.5 inches from the left side.

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The pages for the movie script should be numbered in the top right corner, be flush to the right margin and remain a half inch from the top of the page. All page numbers should be followed by a period. The movie script's title page and first page, however, are not numbered.

When a shot or a scene continues from one page to the next page, the word "(CONTINUED)" appears at the bottom where the page break would usually occur, preceded by a single blank line. Any stage direction, action or character dialogue that breaks at the bottom of the page should only break at the end of a complete sentence. After the complete sentence, the word "CONTINUED" should be added.

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