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How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part VIII

If you have not already, please read the Nicholl Fellowship introductory article.

The How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship is a series of articles:

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part I

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part II

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part III

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part IV

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part V
How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part VI

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part VII

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part VIII

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part IX

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part X

The Nicholl Fellowship advises on Screenplay Formatting

The team posted this tip on their Facebook page:

After judging that an entry is a screenplay, readers might next notice the format. As soon as a reader opens page one of a script, he has an instant indication of format. Does the submission appear to be a screenplay in format standard to the American film industry?

A glance is all it takes, and the overwhelming majority of entries pass the "glance" test. After that, nuances in format are a minor detail, and readers aren't taking points off because action description extended to five lines or slug lines are bold or "We see" was used or "Cut To:" or "Sunset" or "INT" rather than "INT." or page numbers typed as "87" or "- 87 -" or "87."

If a writer has followed any format guide or is using a dedicated screenplay program, the script will almost certainly be acceptable...

However, the Nicholl team also quote from a Scriptnotes Podcast by John August (JA) and Craig Mazin (CM) on the topic:

Nicholl Fellowship Format Advice

The Nicholl team also provided this useful piece of advice:

Nicholl Fellowship Nightcrawler

Advice articles in this topic written by Reel Authors include:

Watch your formatting

Excessive Use of Parentheticals

Foreign Language Dialogue: The Better Way

Use of parenthetical: to CharacterName
Title Page Mistakes

Mores and Continueds

Don't include Scene Numbers

Size matters: Keep to 95-110 Pages For Spec Screenplays

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Nicholl Fellowship - introductory article

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part I: What are Nicholl judges looking for?

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part II: What Makes a Great Script - the Nicholl answers

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part III: What Makes a Great Story?

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part IV: Nicholl Fellowship advises on Screenplay Dialogue

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part V: Nicholl Fellowship advises on Screenplay Characters

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part VI: Nicholl and AFF Screenplay Competition Directors talk Screenplay Conflict

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part VII: Nicholl Fellowship advises on Verbose Descriptions

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part VIII: Nicholl Fellowship advises on Screenplay Formatting

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part IX: Nicholl Reader Comments

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part X: Additional FAQ

External links

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Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Competition - home page

Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting - Facebook page

Example Nicholl-winning scripts

AFF Interview: Greg Beal, Franklin Leonard and Matt Dy

AbsoluteWrite: An Interview With Greg Beal

Moviebytes: Interview with Greg Beal: An Inside Look at the Nicholl Fellowships