Introduction to Screenplay Formatting

The Fundamental Building Blocks of Scriptwriting Format

Last updated 3/2023 English

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I can't tell you how many scripts I've read with awful formatting. They could have good stories, but no one will ever know because the formatting sucks

Want to avoid that? Then jump into this course get the basics under you belt.

This course will teach you the fundamentals of screenplay formatting, like:

  1. What's a slugline?
  2. What's the difference between V.O. and O.S.?
  3. How do I introduce all my characters?
  4. Why are parentheticals bad to use?
  5. How can I avoid looking and feeling like a noob with my formatting?
  6. Why does formatting come from?
  7. - Why does formatting matter anyway?

One of my students had this to say about my teaching methods: 

"Someone listening to Carl would immediately know he has real authority over the subject matter at hand. He’s very learned. Additionally, he’s deeply perceptive and asks all the right questions. He waits to form a solid opinion or give advice only after he has sufficient information to work with. His teaching tone is balanced, calm, cool, and composed with a hint of nonchalance, which to me is refreshing. Above all, I trust his teaching and advice."

This course is your first step in the journey of becoming an expert screenwriter and visual storyteller! Yes, formatting is integral to storytelling since the screenplay format has a set of guidelines which filmmakers use to imagine and create the story you write.

Who this course is for

  1. Beginner screenwriters
  2. Film students
  3. Creatives interested in screenwriting


  1. A great one for anyone starting with screenplay writing ~ M Kirabo
  2. Excellent information that beginners can understand. Everything is broken down and explained well. I finished the course with a good, solid understanding about how to format a screenplay. There are great examples to show both right and wrong ways to do everything in order to help you easily understand ~ Jennifer K

What you'll learn

  1. Screenplay Formatting
  2. Screenplay Format
  3. Scriptwriting
  4. Screenwriting
  5. Filmmaking

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