(via The Origins and Formatting of Modern Screenplays on Vimeo)

When you start out writing for the screen, you are required to master the modern screenplay format. But though there’s a ton of conversation about how that should be done, there’s little about why it’s done the way it is, and how it evolved that way. This is a decent high level overview of some of those questions.

A lot of these conventions don’t work when writing for interactive, and it can be an ongoing challenge to create new formats that give you everything you need for that, while also being easily-transformable to traditional screenplay format for the part of the process that needs it.

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