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Back-To-Basics Screenwriting With Snappy by Snapperz Back-To-Basics Screenwriting With Snappy by Snapperz

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UPDATE:// :faint: A DD!! I'd like to thank you all sincerely for embracing my inner asshole and I hope it serves you well. I may not be able to get back to everyone who faves it, but seriously, BIG HUG.

Full Title: Back-To-Basics Screenwriting With Snappy (Or, Why The Biz Might Not Be For You)

Written because the Deviantart Scripts & Screenplays section makes me want to put my head through a wall. Repeatedly.

Hope this helps you, minions. If you have any more questions, feel free to let me know.

Ironically, I wasn't going to upload a PDF to facilitate viewing, but then I remembered DA's upload system sucks and I didn't want to reformat the dialogue, so, you get a PDF anyway.

For anyone who's actually interested in film school, I highly recommend the Vancouver Film School's Writing for Film & Television program. All my props come from there.

Ps. Please let me know about any typos; I admit I uploaded this hastily and PDFs are annoying to change.
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Given 2012-10-03
Back-To-Basics Screenwriting With Snappy by ~Snapperz Suggester Writes: This is a great, no-nonsense primer on how to format screenplays, by someone with actual screenwriting experience. ( Suggested by SadisticIceCream and Featured by Beccalicious )
YokoNakajima Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Student
can this work for animation script?
Snapperz Featured By Owner May 30, 2014   Writer
Absolutely. :)

The only difference is you need to be more detailed in how you want things drawn/ more physical description of characters and places. Also, avoid using any figurative language, because if you aren't the one who's drawing the cartoon, the artist is probably going to take the script literally. 
YokoNakajima Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Student
Time me what you think of this some of this happens off screen.

An unknown plane suddenly falls towards a Island. Hearing the noises two women check and find the plane wreckage.

We never see the plane wreak but we do see the women. It cuts to them finding the wreckage
Lucian-Ciel Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
nice to have a reminder if I forget.
Snapperz Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014   Writer
Thanks. Feel free to ask if you come up with any issues that aren't addressed here. :)
SoSugoi Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I applaud you, good sir, for providing such invaluable information for the many, many uneducated wannabe screenwriters here on DA. I say this as somebody who took classes on the form and learned the 'proper' way to do it. If even a few aspiring film students read this, it means less agony for me when I have to see my less-experienced peers get their 'writing' read. 
Snapperz Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013   Writer
Thanks very much! It is one of my pet peeves when I see a script that isn't properly formatted. You already have to win a reader over with your story and writing style; if your format is so off it's distracting, what's the point?  
Griffkat Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Wow! This is very helpful! (It brought a lot of things to my attention!) Thanks :D
Snapperz Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013   Writer
Thanks so much! Glad it helped you out. :)
Griffkat Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
It deffinitely did! :D
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