Cover Photo: This photograph shows a typewriter with a screenplay page sticking out of it.
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Learning the Elements of a Screenplay

If you’re interested in writing screenplays, it’s important to get to know the nearly identical format all screenplays and film scripts follow.


This shows a basic screenplay page, which includes all of the elements the author describes lower in the article
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Lauren Harkawik is an essayist, fiction writer, and reporter. Her work has been featured in publications including Narratively’s Hidden Histories series, in New Reader Magazine, and in the print journal Salt Hill. Lauren lives in southern Vermont, where she and her husband Garret are raising their two daughters, Imogene and Esphyr.