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Old 05-08-2018, 09:37 AM   #1
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Whatís really important that I must write it in capitals?

I read an article on screenwriting. You about capitalization in scripts. There they said that it uses to mark important things.óFor example, a character who is seen by the audience first time (Yah! Iíd already known it.), an important VFX/SFX, etc. But whatís really important for the audience?
If I write a western movie, is it important that the audience knows the cowboys use horses to move forward? Is it important that Jimmy has a cherry red car? So, Iím asking you now, whatís important to capitalization?
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I read an article on screenwriting. You about capitalization in scripts. There they said that it uses to mark important things.óFor example, a character who is seen by the audience first time (Yah! Iíd already known it.), an important VFX/SFX, etc. But whatís really important for the audience?
Remember who is the "audience" for the script. Not the person
sitting in a theater. It's the reader.
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If I write a western movie, is it important that the audience knows the cowboys use horses to move forward? Is it important that Jimmy has a cherry red car? So, Iím asking you now, whatís important to capitalization?
Everything you write is important. You should never write anything
in a screenplay that isn't important. And you should be careful to
avoid writing things that are not important. Is a red car important?
Would the story change if the car was black? If the car must be red
then you must write it. If it isn't important to the plot then don't write
the color of the car. So do you need to capitalize "red"? No you don't.
It's important to the plot but is does not need to be written in upper
case.

I covered a script several years back and kept this little example:
HTML Code:
INT. BATHROOM - NIGHT

This is a LARGE bathroom with three SINKS along one wall and a deep WALK-IN 
shower lined in FLAT STONES. The toilet is behind its own DOOR.

Jennifer sees this DOOR is CLOSED. SUDDENLY a LOUD NOISE draws her ATTENTION 
to the MIRROR. There is someone STANDING BEHIND her! She SPINS around but 
sees NOTHING. Yet when she LOOKS in the mirror the TALL MAN is very CLEAR.

Jennifer DROPS to her KNEES as the TALL MAN LUNGES at her with a  WHOOSH. 
But nothing happens.
The writer believed that everything in capitals was important. This
was a hellish script to read.
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Old 05-08-2018, 10:28 AM   #3
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@directorik Yah! I can believe that was a sore eye for you. In every line, one or two words are written BIG. So, do you mean I should write big when it’s moving the story forward? like this:

Ext. destroyed Boston - day (video game frequent)

Ally runs forwards. She takes her HUGE GUN and shoots the enemy down. The enemy’s body is splitting into blue and red pixels.

Like this?
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The internet has made it worse, because caps means shouting. So now when you read a screenplay you hear your inner voice shout lol.

So use only when necessary.
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Old 05-08-2018, 11:13 AM   #5
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@indietalk Yah! The modern society ruined the movies; today, the audience—especially, teens (I am one, but don’t like just: BOOM! BOOM! WIN!)—just want to see action. The plot doesn’t matter. Or they want to see love. *cough* every dystopian teen movie ever *cough*. But is the example ok?
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So, do you mean I should write big when itís moving the story forward?
I mean exactly the opposite.

That writer believed that everything he write in uppercase moved the story
forward. But as you can see it didn't.

As a reader I fully understand that Ally is using her gun to shoot the enemy.
You do not need to write that in capital letters. Yes, it's important that she
uses a gun - No, it shouldn't be in uppercase.

My opinion is nothing should be in uppercase. Everything in your script should
move the story forward.
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@directorik But why do writers it? I’ve read this style even in the MATRIX script.—I don’t mean characters or so.
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@directorik But why do writers it? Iíve read this style even in the MATRIX script.óI donít mean characters or so.
Writers write what they want to write. They are creative people.
If you want to use uppercase, then use it. Use it exactly the way
you want to use it.

I am giving you my opinion - just like the person who wrote the
article you read. That writer isn't right - I am not right; we each
have opinions.

It is your job as a writer to take the different opinions you read as
nothing more than an opinion and then write your script the way
you want to write your script.

My suggestion is since you are an unproduced writer (meaning
none of your scripts have been produced into movies) you should
keep your script simple and easy to read. The first professionals
reading your scripts will be "readers" - those are people who will
cover (write a review) of your script and present it to their boss.
Or tell their boss it isn't something they would be interested in. So
show then your personal style and make the script easy to read.
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@directorik Thanks for your honest opinion! I’m a person who sharpens the skills first before I really begin. That’s why I ask so much.
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Unfortunately that's not how you sharpen. You are like Johnny Five, input input input! But no output. To sharpen your skills you must apply them. Storing does nothing, but dull them.

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@indietalk Then ... How do I sharpen my skills?
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Seriously?
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Old 05-08-2018, 12:10 PM   #13
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@indietalk Lemme guess ... writing ... reading? I hear those tips as often as the daily news. But that can’t be the only.
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These circular conversations are going to lead to people not helping you... I don't have the energy, and you've been told in many threads what to do...
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@indietalk Then ... How do I sharpen my skills? Lemme guess ... writing ... reading? I hear those tips as often as the daily news. But that can’t be the only.
I believe the way to sharpen your skills is to write. That's why
you hear those tips often.

Write five short scripts - 10 to 20 pages. A good beginning, middle
and end, great characters, interesting plot. Use the style you want
to use. When you have all five finished post them and ask for advice.

Or write one full length screenplay - 90 to 100 pages. Write using
the style you want to use. When it is finished post it and ask for
advice.
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I’m a person who sharpens the skills first before I really begin. That’s why I ask so much.
People learn differently. I sharpened my skills by writing. I wrote every
day, seven days a week.

How can you sharpen your skills as a writer by not writing?

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