Im trying to write a screenplay, and i was wondering a few things.
- What level of detail am i supposed to put in a screenplay? Should i put as much detail as possible? I wouldn’t want to impose on a director. My screenplay just seems empty.
- Should i put suggestions of music into the script? Or should i leave that to the director/sound technicians also?
As far as detail the trick is to be as descriptive as possible without getting
“too wordy”. You want to paint an accurate picture with your words but at
the same time you need to keep things moving forward. Basically you want
to try and avoid “big clunky” paragraphs.
I’m a big believer in the thought that if it’s written well and more importantly
if it ‘reads’ well, you can get away with a lot. But read as many articles as you
can find and try to figure out what feels right for you.
As far as music goes I tend to write it in if it’s something a character is listening
to or if I’m writing a montage. I figure nobody’s gonna read all the way to page
sixty and be like: “He used an Otis Redding song, I’m gonna throw this script in
the trash now.”
If the director or whoever wants to change the song or the studio can’t get the
rights for it they can change it. Nothing in a spec script is set in stone.
GUY walks up to the teller, an attractive young woman, who is typing in the computer. As Guy approaches, she stops typing and looks up at him.
How may I help you today sir?
Hello, Iâ€™d like to make a withdrawal.
He bangs his knuckles on the counter to some beat.
And how much would you like to withdrawal?
The Teller starts clicking on her computer.
If the Teller typing isn’t vital I wouldn’t bother with it but the guy tapping
a beat on the counter seems like a subtle way to let us know he’s nervous,
I like it.
As far as the song, If you think it’s important leave it in.