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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 BeccaJS )
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YokoNakajima Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Student
can this work for animation script?
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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. 
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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
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Lucian-Ciel Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
nice to have a reminder if I forget.
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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. :)
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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. 
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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?  
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Griffkat Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Wow! This is very helpful! (It brought a lot of things to my attention!) Thanks :D
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Snapperz Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013   Writer
Thanks so much! Glad it helped you out. :)
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Griffkat Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
It deffinitely did! :D
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VelvetFish Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
thank you. :) and grats.
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Snapperz Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   Writer
Thanks! :D
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pinballwitch Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Congrats on DD! :D Well done. A lot more fun and snappier (forgive the pun) than similar intro to screenwriting docs I've seen. Thank you for sharing! :)
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Snapperz Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   Writer
:lol: My name offers much punny goodness. Thanks so much!
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KelaLewis-Morin Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student Writer
this is really good I like your realistic narration its almost like anyone can be able to understand and relate to this. I read your bio section how did you get to the position you are in now with regards to screenwriting? because that is what I want to get into...eventually if I am good enough lol
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Snapperz Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012   Writer
Thanks much! I got my current gig with the help of someone who was in my class at film school -- he became the head of development of this company and thought of me for this script. So it was a bit of luck. I'd recommend just making industry connections and possibly going out for some internships (that's how my friend got his development position).
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KelaLewis-Morin Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student Writer
ohhh wow yeah it is amazing how much luck is actually a contributing factor in getting into the industry lol ahh I have tried I have some links but it seems to be a waiting game. I am supposed to have my first book due for publication but everything gets delayed too many external factors lol just having a bit of trouble at the moment thats why I thought I would talk to you you seem like you would understand lol
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Snapperz Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012   Writer
I gotcha, it's hard to do anything while you're waiting for something to happen. There's loads of waiting in the script development process. Exciting you're having a book published though! That'll be some good cred for sure.
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KelaLewis-Morin Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student Writer
yeah I know just so irritating but the struggle is the best part they say lol whoever they are and ahh I know its only a poetry book I am working on a science fiction drama which I want to change the world!!ambitious I know lool how are your projects going?
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Snapperz Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012   Writer
yeah I know just so irritating but the struggle is the best part they say
Pssssh, yeah, right. :lol:

That's all cool! Best of luck to you.
I'm currently just focusing on this script right now, it's hopefully in one of its final drafts so I can get paid eventually. I have a number of other scripts in various states, but no time to go over and edit them.
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KelaLewis-Morin Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student Writer
thank you best of luck to you too :) ahh well I will look out for you in the future. Maybe we could collaborate in the future sometime lol hope you like some of my work I am getting my own website soon as well to try and promote myself fingers crossed it works lol
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Nikki0417 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student General Artist
The only scripts I've written are for comics, but I still feel like this is gonna help me out a lot. I'm one of the idiots whose been using Word to write scripts. XD Thank you for mentioning the software, and congrats on the DD!!
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Snapperz Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012   Writer
I mentioned to someone else that we were actually taught a correct Comic format, and I was going to attempt to dig that up again (I myself am not really a comic writer)... If I can find the assignment, I'll show it to you as well. :)

Thank you!
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Nikki0417 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you! I hope you find it. I've always looked around for comic scripts, but it seems like every artists does it differently. And I'm always looking for a way to write a script that doesn't wind up in hectic, disorganized pages. Somehow when I write dialogue for not only different pages but different panels, it winds up really messy, maybe because I used Word. I pressed tab some many times that 2 comics pages take up 4 pages of script. XD
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Airrider1 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This could come in very handy. You're doing anyone who wants to write scripts for any purpose a great service.
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Snapperz Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012   Writer
Thanks so much! :)
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Fedx723 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Mr.Snapperz, you said "Written because the Deviantart Scripts & Screenplays section makes me want to..." could you perhaps provide me a link to this section? I've never heard of it u until now and I did try searching for this section but no dice. Two thumbs up on rule #2.
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Snapperz Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012   Writer
[link]
It's under Literature.

Thanks. :)
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WolfSpiritZERO Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Very good intro man.
So many people don't know how to format a script.
I hope they don't stop here. There are tons of other stuff that goes with writing a screenplay that wasn't covered here. Like doing an Outline and getting the beats of the story together and much more. Plus the even more difficult task of getting your scripted read or sold.
Seriously to all the new writers who see this.
Do you research, if you want go to a school, just make sure you learn the craft and learn it right.
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Snapperz Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012   Writer
True that. I might do a sequel at some point to cover beat sheets, outlines, treatments, stuff like that. But a lot of writers who learn them choose to forego them anyway because they don't work for their process, so I guess it's each to his own. I like to be thorough though. Treatments are boss.

Thanks, mate!
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Roskvape Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
LOL! Over 1 out of every 4 viewers downloaded this. :XD:

Having searched for screenwriting format guides online before, I will say yours is not only the most thorough but also the most entertaining. Thanks!
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Snapperz Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012   Writer
:eyepopping: That's damn bewildering! Who knew there were so many people interested in screenwriting on DA?

Thanks very much! Glad you liked it.
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HikariNinjaX Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
You know? It called my attention to see something like this as a DD. I actually studied script writing and Iīm trying to win a scholarship for Vancouverīs Film Schoolīs Writing for Film and Television.
Is the program really that good? Iīm kinda nervous because I donīt know what Iīm gonna deal with if I win said scholarship.
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Snapperz Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012   Writer
:lol: Is that the new one named after Kat Montagu? I heard they named a scholarship after her. She's fantastic, best teacher there.

Also, the program is really excellent if you apply yourself. They give you all the tools and access to people you need -- if you use them correctly and put in effort, you'll have a blast.

And I see you're from Mexico. I don't know why, but there are always LOADS of people from Mexico at VFS. You'll do just fine.

I hope you end up going! Best of luck. :)
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HikariNinjaX Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Iīm applying for the latin american scholarship, Iīm really nervous, the winners will be announced this month. I hoped there wouldnīt be much competition, but now that you tell me there are lots of mexicans there, Iīm getting nervous haha.
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Snapperz Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012   Writer
Ah, I'm not sure about that one then. :) To be honest, they don't expect much from you when you first apply (like if you can string a few sentences together, they're impressed), so I think if you prove you know a thing or two about screenwriting you'll be pretty golden.
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wildpegasus13 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Very informative. Thank you.
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Snapperz Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012   Writer
Glad to help! Thanks much.
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Foalen Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This might be the most interesting piece of literature I've read on dA so far, even though it's a Screenwriting Tutorial.
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Snapperz Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012   Writer
:lol: Do you read a lot of lit on DA?
Seriously, I'm flattered. Thanks so much!
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Foalen Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mostly fanfiction, but it sort of gives me this lingering question in my head "Now what can I do?" "How is this productive to the series or for the reader?"
I can consider myself a Socratic person, but with this I feel like moving everything aside and just writing a screenplay :)
You're very welcome ^^
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Snapperz Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012   Writer
Heh, that's an interesting way of looking at fanfiction. I've never thought of it like that before.

;) I say you should go for it!
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Foalen Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah I've been called weird for having a different perspective of things T.T But yes definitely I will! I want to be an animator and I should be able to write a script properly for my voice actors :meow:
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happyhorseshoe303 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
WHOA!!! thank you so much!! this is insanely helpful. i have a friend who wants to make her own sort of Doctor Who spinoff series - long story - but i volunteered to help and didn't know crap about screenwriting, and then i read this... i think i'll be using this an awful lot!!
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Snapperz Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012   Writer
That sounds interesting. Will that be like a series of fanfic shorts or something? Good luck with that.

Thanks very much for the comment!
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happyhorseshoe303 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
well... sort of. her character is a type 13 TARDIS/Time Lord metacrisis called the Artist, and it's a long story but we need to write screenplay and this is BRILLIANT!!
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StitchedAway Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
A very enjoyable read. I've never thought about writing anything, much less a screenplay, but it was interesting! :D Congrats on the DD!
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Snapperz Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012   Writer
It's interesting that so many non-writers have checked it out and stuck around to read it!
Thank you very much. :D
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synesthesicchick Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow... i've never written a screenplay, i've never wanted to write a screenplay, and i know absolutely nothing about them, but i just read this, all the way through, word for word.
You know why?
This is good.
You have SUCH a strong voice. I can HEAR you talking to me through the internet, telling me to shut the hell up!
^_^
You write seriously well! Keep it up!
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Snapperz Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012   Writer
Hahaha, well, I'm glad I could keep you entertained.
Thanks for that! You flatter me.
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