Well, it depends on the length of your screenplay.
If your screenplay is 240 pages, your first turning-
But, for this site, I’m assuming you’re aiming for roughly a 100 page script. Most places will tell you that 120+ is OK, that’s not really the case.
I know an film producer who wants everything in the 90 to 110pg range. Well, actually, 90 isn’t even the lower-
So, try to aim for 100 pages in your screenplay, give or take 10. So, 90-
That way, you will end up with roughly a 90 minute film. On a side note, Tv networks love that length, as they can add half-
I know a lot of different producers who will throw indie screenplays straight into the trash if they’re over 130 pages. The longer lengths are pretty much reserved for really famous writers/directors who can get these films made just by their clout. You can’t do that.
You are probably going to have trouble in three main areas:
Let’s look at these areas, one by one…
You have so much to do in your first act, so much to cram in there, that it’s not uncommon for your first act to end up being 40 pages long (if not a lot longer). First acts are always way too long.
You’ll need to edit it down and edit it down and edit it down. You’ll need to condense everything until you have only the most important information (while still retaining interesting and natural-
The good new is -
When you finally get it down to size, first acts tend to be phenomenal!
But, the opposite happens with the second act. As I’ve shown you before, when people have an idea for a film, they usually only have the first turning point and nothing else. That means that the film they’ve had in their heads for months -
So, they are faced with 60 blank pages that need filling -
As a result, second acts tend to be way too short, not to mention just god-
Writing a screenplay is hard work. And, people tend to flag-
This means that, by the time most writers reach their screenplay’s third act, they are burned out. Completely burnt out. So, they tend to rush the third act, just to finish it.
No joke, the scripts I usually see probably have 1/10th as much time spent on the third act as the first. Avoid doing that.
We should probably take a moment and discuss page-
|No Writing Yet|
|The First Act|
|The Inciting Incident|
|The Supporting Cast|
|The First Turning-Point|
|The Second Act|
|The Love Story|
|Screenplay Page Counts|
|Everything is Looking Good!...|
|False-Victory or False-Defeat|
|The Pit of Despair|
|The Second Turning Point|
|The Third Act|
|All Is Not Lost|
|Wind It All Up|
|Wrapping Up Your Sub-Plots|
|The Final Battle|
|Actually Writing Your Script|
|Back to the Future|
|Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them|
|T2 - Terminator 2|