Final Draft offers this nice statistical feature that gives you the amount of headers, action/description, dialogue, parentheticals in percent.
Now I realize that there is a difference if one is writing an action script or a comedy. I also know that a lot of screenwriters frown upon heavy description. Still because I also have taken a few film production classes, I think in pictures and tend to describe more. I know that’s not the best approach to a spec script but compromising too much would result in me losing all fun in writing.
To cut all this short, what do you think, how much of each should be in the screenplay?
Mine have slightly above 50% description/action and 35% dialogue, the rest is, one shouldn’t actually believe: headers.
Btw. I know that’s not easy to say unless you have already finished a screenplay AND have a software that gives you those figures …
Something else: in my humble opinion, nothing on the screen can elicit emotion better than good acting and actions in general. No need to actually talk all the time. In fact, if words are sparse, they become way more effective and have more weight. Escpecially for suspense that should be the motto.