Finally a screenplay format guide that is accurate, complete, authoritative and easy to use, written by Hollywood’s
foremost authority on industry standard script formats. Available now from Michael Wiese Productions.
Why script format matters
Stacks of screenplays by first-timers and even seasoned professionals never receive serious consideration because they
fail the fan test. Overworked readers, executives, agents and producers pick up your script, flip to the last page and fan
toward the front, looking at nothing but the physical layout of your script on the page. The format. What they see forms their
first impression of your dream script. And sometimes their last. Whether you’re a neophyte screenwriter or an old pro,
THE HOLLYWOOD STANDARD is a must-have reference that tells you exactly what you need to know about standard screenwriting
format to get your script past the fan test.
Author Christopher Riley is uniquely qualified to write about standard script format and style. For 14 years he worked
in Warner Bros’ acclaimed script processing department, eventually running the standard-setting operation. He wrote
the studio’s screenwriting software and served as the ultimate arbiter of screenplay format for Warner Bros. and dozens
of outside clients that included Amblin, Disney, Columbia, Universal and NBC Productions. And, arguably, he ended up knowing
more about television and movie script formats than anyone in Hollywood.
THE HOLLYWOOD STANDARD is filled with clear, concise, complete instructions and hundreds of examples to take the guesswork
out of a multitude of formatting questions that perplex screenwriters, waste their time and steal their confidence. You’ll
learn how to get into and out of a POV shot, how to set up a telephone intercut, what to capitalize and why, how to control
pacing with format, what belongs in parenthetical character direction and whether those automatic (cont’d)s beside dialogue
should be turned on or off. Never again will you have to wonder if you’re turning in a professionally formatted script
or one that brands you as an amateur.
Christopher Riley is the screenwriter, along with his wife and partner Kathleen Riley, of the multiple-award-winning courtroom
thriller After the Truth. He has written for Touchstone, Paramount, Mandalay and Intermedia and is a sought-after screenwriting