Film Script Writing Fails to Avoid

Script readers are the real gatekeepers of the movie industry as they go through thousands of scripts when it piles on the desks of directors, producers, studios, actors, managers, production companies, and agents. The essential jigsaw pieces are the characters, story, and their journey.

Before handling film script writing, ascertain your work is free of small errors that may annoy the ever-busy script readers. It may seem minor but can make a huge difference. Here are a few technical points of film script writing to avoid to enable readers to appreciate your screenplay:

Excruciating Details of Characters Described

Giving physical descriptions such as height, race, clothing, etc., is not really required. Also, leave the costuming; there are costume designers to handle that. Do not give importance to the blue or green eyes of the character, unless it is essential. What matters is to keep the soul of the character and ensure that you have written something about the characters desires, flaws or persona.

Androgynous Character Names

Giving common names such as Kyle or Andrea for a girl and Robin or Kevin for a guy is acceptable. You can also name them Taylor, Smith, John, Casey and easy names, but keep the tongue-twisters away from your scripts. Rememberthat the script reader does not pay attention to the character in the first read. To get a hold of the script reader’s attention, make it a point to provide a memorable, unique, yet easy name such that it does not confuse the reader.

Avoid Typo

Your story may be really amazing, and a few typos may go unnoticed. But when it is on the very first page, it has a lost effect, and the confidence of giving your best work takes a beating. If you are less adept and easily miss out on differences, use a proofreading script service. You cannot afford to lose a lovely chance because of typos.

Introducing Many Characters on the First Page

Introducing many characters is like being at a party and being introduced to everyone at the start. Begin your story relating to a few people say 2-4 people and move to a group and provide information about each. In fact, it is recommended that you keep the character entries to a minimum and build them in over time. 

Issues with Formatting

Actions should be occasional and must not be in parenthetical.  Have someone with you who knows screenplay formatting. They can help you spot the things you have missed before you submit the final script draft. And moreover, an extra pair of eyes for a script that will build your career is better than one.

The Actual Action Scene is Unclear

The script reader tries to get the key beats of the film. The choreography is very important. Make sure you describe the action happening in vivid detail.  There isn’t a necessity to give a complete blueprint of the kitchen or any physical space, but the scene should help to visualize it.

Avoid Long Text

A paragraph of dialogue is not forbidden; yet, the common practice is that the script reader skips long or huge chunks of text. They are seasoned to know that it will have the action describing in detail. Bear in mind; they need only the main bits.

Unwanted Parentheticals

Lastly, do not direct the director. Let the director decide on what line readings he can give the actors. Make your lines count, and this will ensure that every bit is picked up by the able director. Don’t forget; no one likes to be told how they must do their job.