Screenplay Format

One of the things you need to learn is how to correctly format a screenplay.

The rules we are going to follow are set down in this section from a book on screenwriting, called ‘On Screenwriting’ by Freddie Gafney. There is some difference in some of the advice on the web, but this is the document we will use when assessing your coursework.

Screenplay format by Freddie Gaffney

Here is a summary of those formatting rules:


We are going to have a practice using these rules.

Here is an extract from the film American Beauty (1999) Mendes, which has had its formatting removed. Take a copy and then use the formatting rules given by Gaffney to reformat the screenplay correctly.

Here is the scene from the film in real life.

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