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Former Hollywood Script Reader Reveals How to Learn Screenplay Format in New eBook

Former script reader shows newbie screenwriters how to format their scripts (correctly) and present their screenplays in a professional and modern manner.


Spend a little time in the number of screenwriting message boards that proliferate the internet and one thing becomes instantly clear.
The most frequently asked questions aren’t about how to structure your second act or develop compelling characters or write a surprising - yet satisfying - ending.
They’re about screenplay format.
How do I format a phone call? What’s the best way to present a flashback? How do I write a car chase without putting the audience into a coma?
Former script reader Michael Rogan, founder and editor of ScriptBully magazine, hopes he’s found the solution in his new book Screenplay Format Made (Stupidly) Easy.
“Most screenplay format books read like insurance manuals,” said Rogan. “I wanted to take a very technical, dense subject and teach it in a fun way.”
With a mixture of bare-bones advice (“Screenplay description is about telling the reader where the hell they are; don’t make it more complicated”) and personal advice (“Montages are not your friend!”), Rogan tries to break through much of screenplay format jargon to offer screenwriters help to ensure their scripts don’t read simply and professionally.
And not like they were written twenty years ago.
“I was tired of looking at books that were using terms and techniques that were passé and dated when Mel Gibson was still sane,” said Rogan. “Good screenplay format isn’t just about following rules. It’s about making things easier on the reader.”
“And if that means, breaking the rules…so be it.”
Michael Rogan is an author, screenplay reader and writing coach based in Southern California. He is also the editor of the ScriptBully inbox magazine devoted to helping film scribes learn how to write well, get paid and achieve the career of their dreams.
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