The guideline of 90-120 pages A page per minute is the average for scripts prepared in correct screenplay format. A feature film lasts around an hour and a half to two hours. As a result, the 90-120 page rule came into being. All screenplay manuals and costly screenwriting experts will tell you that scripts should be between 90 and 120 pages long. So, that's not too difficult to achieve.
Your script doesn't need to be that long. It can be as little as 30 pages or as many as 150. The longer your script is the greater the chance that it will be taken seriously by producers, directors, and executives. But don't worry about breaking this rule. Just keep in mind that most features last about an hour and a half to 2 hours and read along with me: "That means that your script needs to be no more than 120 pages long."
Here's the thing though. Some people say that scripts should be between 3 and 5 acts. That's another topic for another time. But anyway, let's just stick with 90-120 pages since that's what we're talking about here.
When someone says that your script is too short, they are usually referring to the action portion of the script. They may even go as far as to say that there isn't enough conflict and character development to hold our attention for that long. Now, I'm not going to lie to you. Writing an action sequence is hard work.
What is the ideal length for a screenplay? There is no standard page count for how lengthy a feature screenplay should be, but your spec scripts should be between 110 and 120 pages in length. When it comes to scripts, one page equals one minute of screen time. So if you want your scenes to last a minute each, then they need to be a minute long.
There are people who write much longer or shorter films than 100 minutes, but most movies these days are around that length because it's hard to watch anything longer than that without it feeling like a slog. A movie that is too short can seem unfinished; one that is too long tends to get lost in exposition.
The shortest film ever made is 10 seconds. It was shot by Orson Welles for his own use as an experiment with cinema back in 1931. The longest film currently in production is James Cameron's Avatar, which is being released in 3D this Christmas. It has been written over 300 pages and is expected to run three hours plus 12 minutes when it is finished.
Typically, a movie lasts for about 60 minutes per scene. So if you have a scene with a character called "John" appearing in five different locations around Seattle, Washington, then his scene will last for about half an hour. He would need to appear in those locations within the first ten minutes of the movie for them all to be introduced in a reasonable way.
Since our first screenplay lesson, it's been driven into our heads: One page of script is about equivalent to one minute of screen time. So, if your script is 120 pages long, the finished film will most likely be approximately 120 minutes long. (c) consumes more of a theater chain's time. They want to make sure that you're not going to make them waste their time by making a movie that isn't worth their while.
The truth is that there are very few rules when it comes to screenwriting. You should never be restricted by the amount of material you have, or by how much space the director or producer wants to give you. If it's important to your story that character X takes place in a particular location, then do it. Even if that location is only represented by a room in his house or a car ride away from home.
But despite what many people believe, the longer you keep your script, the less likely it is to get made. The main reason for this is that the larger the cast, the greater the chance that someone won't show up for work, or will leave before the project is completed. Also, some directors prefer to work with limited schedules so they can maintain creative control over their films.
In conclusion, you should never worry about the length of your screenplay. It's not just enough content, it's also about quality and craft.
The guideline of 90-120 pages As a result, the 90-120 page rule came into being. If you write in less than 90 pages or more than 120 pages, you are violating this rule.
This means that your script is either too short or too long. If you find that you need to cut some material from your script, do it now instead of later when it's too late. You can always expand your script later if needed.
Some writers like to divide their script into sections to help them keep their story moving. This is called structuring a script. Most good scripts are structured because it makes writing the script much easier. There are many different structure methods, but most fall under one of three categories: episodic, parallel, or sequence.
An episode is a self-contained story that can stand by itself. Many movies are made up of several different episodes that are all tied together with a common theme or setting up a conflict between characters. For example, one episode could show a character having trouble deciding what job to take, while another episode could show this same person going out for one job and coming back home after not getting it. The third episode would then show him/her dealing with this fact.
Of course, this is not an exact science, and not every picture [...]
The average film length is approximately 87 minutes, so a script should make enough pages to cover that length of movie.
A full-length feature film requires a lot from its writer, who must be able to craft a story that keeps the audience interested and intrigued throughout what can sometimes be quite a long process. While it's normal for writers to feel like they "run out of steam" writing into the night without stopping, anything written after the morning meeting when new ideas are allowed to spill out onto the page will likely find its way into the final cut of the movie.
With that in mind, it's helpful to know how many pages you should write per day or week if you want to meet your goal of finishing your script by a certain date. The number of pages you write will depend on how much time you have available each day/week and how much focus you can give to your work.
It's recommended to start off writing about 100 words per page for about half of the days in a month, then increase that amount by 10% every week until you reach your target page count for the whole month.