How to Write a Short ScriptWriting a short script
What is the page-per-minute policy?
A PAGE OF A CORRECTLY FORMATTED SCRIPT = APPROX. ONMINUAL SCREEN DISPLAY ONLY. As I know, one side of a fight can last five min, while one side of the rapid dialog lasts my last ten seconds, if the actor talks quickly... So my query is, is that truth? Was your 120-page script a 2-hour film or was it more like 90 mins?
I want to make my own low-budget picture. The best advice I get is to keep the script 90 pages or less. To make it a game (dialogue difficult, one place). From my experiences with short films and as an editer, however, I saw that a 90 page script of a filming friends was cut for only 55 mins.
I know Kevin Smith's CLERKS was a 164-page script, but because of the dialog it's only a 90-minute film. So how can I find an exact length of film before I do it? Alternatively, should I have a 130-page script if I want to create my own features?
So how do the big guys find out if there's enough in the pages? If a film is in pre-production, one of the first tasks of the Script Supervisors is to timecode the script. He or she will read the script with a stop watch, estimate how long each sequence is played and then add up the overall runtime.
Usually they run the whole script twice by calculating the periods. What is the script scheduling like? that the scriptwriter took the director's genre into account. However, in general the script timings are in the right order of magnitude. Though a Script Superintendent has more practice, you can still timecode a script yourself.
I would advise you to reread the dialog out loud while trying to paddle for unspoken snaps. It' simpler with some than others. The 126-page Go came out after 103 min - without any big shots. The Big Foxtrot was 124 pages and 125 mins. long. The two Charlie's Angels films went through so many designs during filming that it is not possible to get an exact page number.
It lasted 98 mins., the continuation 106 mins. 1 928 pages, 115 mins. 73 pages, 76 mins.