Sunday, August 2, 2009

Script Format: The Hollywood Standard


A new edition of The Hollywood Standard was just released, and I encourage you all to check it out. No one will take you seriously until you have mastered script format. I maintain that the best way to soak it in is to read as many professional scripts as you can get your hands on (and if you don't work in the industry or have friends who do, there are some great sites with real scripts like Pilot School and Simply Scripts). Still, every now and then you'll come across a unique formatting dilemma and you'll need a guidebook. The Hollywood Standard is your book!


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4 comments:

Brian said...

Are there many worthwhile changes/additions in this edition (compared to the first edition)?

Lara said...

Yeah, I was wondering the same thing. I have the old one and I think it's fantastic! Is the new one worth getting still?

Dan Williams said...

Another good way to learn script format is to take a script using it and just type out the first Act. It helps you think your way through the formatting.

odocoileus said...

The main change is the size of the book - from 7 by 9 to 8 1/2 by 11.

There are some updates too - how to format an email exchange etc.

I don't see the need to buy a new copy, YMMV.