Greetings… I don’t know what the proper or best introduction for me is but, I will say that my name is Carlos Funes and I make movies. I’ve been producing/writing/directing since High School and I’d like to share with you some of the bits of information and tricks I’ve gathered along the way.
I’m not certain as of yet the approach, take or angle I will use in my blog entries but looking forward to disseminating information along the way. In addition to that I’d like to write profiles of AFM members and perhaps also write reviews of works produced by local members as well. Leave a comment or write me if interested. But, for now, a word on screenwriting.
HOW TO FORMAT YOUR SCREENPLAY
At about 2002 I decided I wanted to write screenplays in their proper format. You know, all professional like. The first (and to this day, still the best) book for learning the mechanics and formatting of screenwriting is David Trottier’s “The Screenwriter’s Bible“. I remember skimming through that at a Barnes & Noble in Dallas and feeling blessed as it had the answers I was looking for. I haven’t opened that book in years… I may have let someone borrow it and they haven’t returned it. But, I’ll just get another copy as it’s nice to read through it for pointers as it’s not just about proper formatting for your script. But, anyway, here’s some things you’ll learn.
Really, there’s just one: Courier (Size 12). God, help you if you’ve written entire screenplays and you didn’t know this. Sure you can probably substitute “Courier New” or “Courier Classic”… but, the main reason for this font is that it’s easy to read and navigate through.
Well, this can’t be summarized in a couple of lines but I’d recommend “The Screenwriter’s Bible” for all your formatting needs.
1 PAGE = 1 MINUTE
If you format your screenplay correctly using the correct size and font you will find that 1 page will equal 1 minute of screen time. It sounds strange but this is virtually the case almost every time. So, if you want to make a movie that’s 120 minutes long, then you need to write 120 pages of script.
As a final note, when you learn how to format your screenplay you will start to spot screenwriters by glancing at their writing. You will see things like the triple dots (…) or the double dash (–).
(SEE SAMPLE BELOW)
When you start to use these punctuations you’ll notice that they tend to sneak into your emails and things and you start to spot other people who use it. And, you’ll say, “Hey! Are you a screenwriter?” To which they’ll respond, “How’d you know?”
“Oh — No reason…”