Saturday, May 05, 2007

Torpedo Girl

Loyal reader Jake writes:

Hey John, I was just thinking about movie scripts and I was wondering how long a typical script is? Thanx, Jake

Thanks for asking, Jake, as it is so seldom I actually get to give out useful information on this site. Usually you are looking at a page a minute. If you have a lot of talking, it may be a little less than a minute per page, and if you have a lot of fighting and killing, it might be a little more than a minute per page. If you want to write b-movies, most directors will want less of the former and more of the latter. You need at least 75 pages, unless you are going to have a lot of hot tub scenes or people yelling through the woods yelling "NOOOOOO!!!!" I think 80-85 pages is a nice cozy place to land. Don't write more than 110 pages unless you are writing Schindler's List Part 2. I have in the past posted some of my scripts on the site if you want to see a basic idea of what they should look like.

Tonight I was flipping through the channels and caught The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly just starting. Man, it's easy to forget how cool Sergio Leone is.

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Dr. Squid said...

Calling Dr. Love is a real fave of mine from THE HOTTEST BAND IN THE WORLD!!! I have to ask why you picked Torpedo Girl as a post title - it's on one of the lowest-selling (likely least or second-least selling) KISS records and therefore is rather obscure to all those aside from the fans. Of course, I'm a nut and have every KISS album and easily knew the song title, but it didn't necessarily seem to connect to the content of the post. Eternally curious....
- Joe

John Oak Dalton said...

Sometimes when I'm at a loss I just write, as a title, a song I am listening to or thinking about. This is a great KISS cut. It often reminds me of how I almost got kicked out of school once.


Dr. Squid said...

...and you are going to tell us that story, right?