How important is screenplay formatting?

How important is screenplay formatting? What are the best tools to assist a writer in producing a document in line with the industry standards?

A film script has a big function beyond just the content. It’s a document that is shared with all the technicians and the talent working on the film. It should be formatted so that it’s easy for everyone to make their own notes and remarks on the script. That’s why in a professional set up, formatting becomes very important.

There are several formats available on the Internet. But basically, what is common is that you leave designated space to separate different elements like scene headings, action, dialogue and transitions.

There are several standard scripting softwares that are used worldwide. I use MovieMagic Screenwriter. But Final Draft and Dramatica Pro are also very popular. If you are looking for a free downloadable software then I’d suggest – Celtx.

*The question & its reply were first published on Quora

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