You’ve done the hard part by writing your screenplay. Now, what is the format for writing screenplays? Well, it’s actually easier than you think. But, there’s no need to just take my word for it. Here are some tips on how to format your screenplay.
Basically, screenplays are broken into four main pieces: Character Dialogue, Scene Headings, Names and Scene Action. The purpose of this is to break up your screenplay into scenes, which assists in the flow of the screenplay and helps actors learn individual scenes.
First of all, let’s discuss how you will set up your character dialogue or what the character (the “who" of the scene) is saying. Generally, this is done in one of two ways. Either the character name will be slightly indented or centered over the dialogue. The name is always in all caps. For example, see below:
I want to go out to eat tonight. I don’t feel like cooking.
Dialogue is always single-spaced so that more of it can fit on a page. Unless you’re writing a novel, quotes are not necessary, only the name of the character.