Questions tagged [screenplay]

A script for a movie or a television show.

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How are intertitles (title cards) denoted in silent movie scripts?

Most modern film scripts tend to have very strict formatting with regards to action, characters, and dialogue. Yet I cannot find many silent film scripts which denote title cards in the screenplay. ...
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What do abbreviations in movie scripts stand for?

What do abbreviations in movie scripts stand for? For example, EXT., INT., (O.S.), (V.O.), ...
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How is narrative affected by cinema turnover schedules?

My question comes from part of an answer on Writers which says, in part... Forcing the story to fit a rigid, arbitrary amount of pages – like a screenplay that must introduce pre-requisite ...
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Has the prevalence of original film scripts changed?

Obviously, some screenplays are adapted from other works, whereas others are written from scratch. Intuitively, it seems like there would be fewer original scripts now, given the prevalence of ...
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How are children prepared when they have to swear [duplicate]

In Stranger Things Season 2, the young actors fought to use curse words, and in Kick-Ass Chloe Moretz admitted her parents gave her permission to swear as well. When the script is written and given ...
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Is this what the screenwriter intended?

Robert Towne wrote Chinatown, a script widely believed to be a masterpiece. He also wrote Mission : Impossible 2. Is there any evidence that his original script was reworked (maybe to Tom Cruise's ego?...
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Why was this lined changed in No Country for Old Men?

In the opening scene of No Country For Old Men (2007), Tommy Lee Jones's character, Sheriff Bell, gives a voice over monologue in which he mentions sending a boy to the electric chair in Huntsville, ...
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Making nature documentaries: scripting then filming or the other way?

In nature documentaries, do the crews agree on a general script then set out to film the scenes that illustrate the script? Or do they film what they can (animals / weather don't always cooperate, etc)...
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Why doesn't John Truby write screenplays? [closed]

The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller by John Truby is arguably the first book a screenwriter is supposed to study to learn screenwriting. So it is safe to say that the guy ...
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Why were certain changes made from the stage to movie version of "Sound of Music?'

The movie version of the Sound of Music followed the stage version fairly closely. But some meaningful changes were made. Specifically, the movie version added two new songs, "I Have Confidence" and "...
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Script-writing terms in animation and live-action [closed]

Are script writing terms employed in animation the same as those employed in live-action scripts with perhaps a few exceptions?
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Role of Karma in Movies [closed]

I think karma plays an important role in any script and it will attract more viewers/audience. As an example of karma in a lot of stories the good guy that beats the villan and gets the girl and the ...
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Are scripts seeded to identify leaks?

After reading that the Hateful Eight script was leaked after Tarantino gave it to only three actors, I wondered why scripts aren't customized to help track their distribution. It would be fairly easy ...
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Original script details of Flesh and Blood

I watched the Paul Verhoeven film Flesh and Blood and was very struck by the character Agnes (Jennifer Jason Leigh); in my opinion, her indecisive, ambiguous behavior made the movie. I was surprised ...
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Repeating same line at the start of the movie and at the end

I've noticed that many, especially newer, films employ the technique of repeating the same catchphrase or aphorism at the beginning and at the end. The goal for this is clear, but I find it incredibly ...
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Did Mork and Mindy scripts really mark the gaps for Robin Williams's ad-libs?

It is very often claimed that the scripts for Mork and Mindy would explicitly mark places where Robin Williams was to improvise, using language such as "Mork does his thing" or "Robin does something ...
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Three Days of the Condor - communications protocols. Script vs movie adaptation

Sydney Pollack's Three Days of the Condor has always been one of my favourite movies, not only in regards to the spy movie genre but in general. I have known for a long time that the novel on which ...
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Definitive explanation of the line, “…picking your feet in Poughkeepsie.” from “The French Connection.”

So in the 1971 film, The French Connection, Gene Hackman’s character Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle utters this semi famous bit of dialogue; YouTube video clip at the end of this question: All right! You put ...
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Changes in the Back To The Future screenplay?

When I first saw Back To The Future II, as a kid of 15, I didn't realise that Crispin Glover (Michael J. Fox's father George McFly) was not present in the movie but had been replaced by a "double" ...
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Starting to film before screenplay is completed

I was just wondering how (un)common it is to start filming a movie before having the screenplay finished and sort of write it as you go along. Is there a list of movies that were produced in that way?
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Why is Gangs of New York considered an original screenplay?

From the Wikipedia article: Gangs of New York is inspired by Herbert Asbury's 1927 non-fiction book, The Gangs of New York. Why was Gangs of New York considered an "original screenplay" for the ...
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Are the scripts published online official?

From time to time I've seen movies' or TV show episodes' scripts posted or quoted online - at first they were The Simpsons episodes, but Star Wars and Harry Potter films too, for example. There's even ...
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What do actors do when dialog is designed not to be heard?

I was watching the Silver Linings Playbook tonight and the final scene made me think of this question. During the beginning of the final scene, which takes place in Pat Solitano Sr.'s house, Bradley ...
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Is Kishōtenketsu a viable narrative structure for a science fiction film? [closed]

If you don’t know what Kishōtenketsu is, it is basically a type of narrative structure used mostly in China and Japan and consisting of four parts: Ki (起?): Topic toss or introduction, what ...
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Why is Before Midnight considered an “Adapted Screenplay?”

Before Midnight has been nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar. As there is no other source material (like a book or play), why is this not an "Original Screenplay?" From The New York Times: ...
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What is the most remade movie story?

The current movie industry seems to be engaged in an orgy of remakes to reduce the risk of funding completely new scripts. We have had a recent remake of Total Recall and are about to get a remake of ...
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How much of Star Wars did George Lucas actually write?

I got into a semi-argument with a friend recently regarding how much credit to give George Lucas for Star Wars. She was commenting how he's an awful director and that's why the new Star Wars trilogy ...