Just Starting Out

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Just Starting Out

Postby Xarzu » Mar 26, 2011 3:16 am

Hello Forum.

I am just starting out.

Is there some place where I can go to see what all the abbreviations in a screenplay mean? INT I guess means Interior. EXT I guess must mean Exterior. What about the others?

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Re: Just Starting Out

Postby Chris Huntley » Mar 26, 2011 10:01 am

There are several places online to find them, but here is one that has quick definitions of screenwriting terminology:

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Re: Just Starting Out

Postby Xarzu » Mar 26, 2011 11:14 am

Thanks. :)
I will have a look.

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Re: Just Starting Out

Postby Havel » Apr 10, 2012 8:03 am

Just get Final Draft.

A lot of it is self-explanatory or easily understood. FD does all the work for you, leaving you to focus on story.

Believe me, you'll save yourself a lot of hassle.


Re: Just Starting Out

Postby Karume101 » Apr 17, 2013 5:22 am


Movie writing is not about writing the screenplay, there are a lot of process behind the screenwriting and it's really a lot of fun, it's like watching yourself creating life from scratch, it's a lovely experience because you fall in love to all your characters (even the bad ones) in a wonderful plot. Please, visit this site: www.thescreenplay.info, it might be of interest to you.

Happy Writing.


Re: Just Starting Out

Postby thinkingcaps » Oct 13, 2013 10:37 am

There are tons of resources available online, with time you'll be familiar with all the terminologies/jargons. Good luck!

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Re: Just Starting Out

Postby RobertS » Oct 13, 2013 4:33 pm

You may also want to invest in 1-2 books on story craft. So far, Truby's "Anatomy of Story" is proving to be engaging and informative. I also have McKee's "Story: Style, Structure, Substance and the Principles of Screenwriting."

There is the "Dramatica Theory of Story," but that is more academic than I'm used to, so I'm leaving that for later.

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