A half-hour script will be roughly twenty-three pages long. Because it's a series, the intro and end credits will be two to seven minutes long, with each minute being a one-page industry norm. There is no one-size-fits-all answer or manner to write or submit your script. It depends on how much story there is, whether it's a single episode or multiple episodes, what kind of comedy or drama it is, etc.
In order to give yourself some room to breathe when writing a half-hour script, I would suggest no more than five pages a day. If you can't write that much every day, then try to start small and work up to five pages a day.
The first step is to figure out how many pages your script is. Look over the first ten lines or so (this is called a "script page") of your draft and see where it feels natural to stop. That's about as far as you can go without reading beyond your script page. The rest will need to be written later.
Once you know how many pages your script is, you can calculate how long it will take to write it. Just add up the number of script pages and divide by two for an average character count per page. A script page at most twenty-three words not including any scene breaks or other elements such as titles, end notes, etc.
A half-hour comedy screenplay can be as long as 44 pages for renowned writers and showrunners. Keep in mind that sitcoms are frequently dialogue-heavy, which would explain the higher page numbers. To stay within the thirty-minute mark, newbie authors should aim for 22–25 pages.
There are few rules when it comes to writing half-hours. Most stand-up comics write a set list each night they perform. This allows them to tailor their set to different audiences' preferences and give more material than one writer could fit into just two hours. For this reason, half-hour writers shouldn't feel limited by the fact that they only have two hours to tell their story. They should instead focus on creating an array of scenes and situations that will keep the audience interested until the end of the act.
In addition to writing sets, half-hour comedians also craft monologues and improv games. These elements can play a role in getting a green light from producers to include in their shows. Writers who know these types of acts well can incorporate them into their own projects to keep things fresh.
Finally, half-hour writers should understand that this is not a genre that favors novelty over substance. While some comic book writers feel the need to include every superhero team ever created in their stories, half-hour screenwriters should focus on introducing unique characters and situations that help tell the main plot of their movie or TV show.
This will provide you with a template for length and style. 22 minutes are allotted. Each page equals one minute. Thus, a 120-page script (the industry norm) equals 2 hours. So 30 minutes equals 30 pages. Set a goal of 28 pages. You may err on the side of caution, but that is the magic number. I understand why people go on writing retreats. It's because when you remove yourself from the writing process, you see all its flaws more clearly.
Have a friend who can give you an honest opinion? That'll help you know if your story is working or not. Or maybe you need to take some time away from it all and explore another perspective. Getting outside feedback helps us writers hone our skills and become better authors.
Or maybe you just need a break. We all need to step away from our scripts now and then, whether we're getting feedback from others or not. Take a walk, have some coffee, visit a museum or art gallery. The point is to do something other than write for a while so that you return to your work feeling refreshed.
Your readers/viewers will thank you for giving them a short but sweet story. They want to be entertained and informed without being bored stiff or overloaded with information. Be sure to keep this in mind as you write and edit your story.
A short film is defined by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as "an original motion picture with a running duration of 40 minutes or less, including all credits." The conventional rule of thumb is that each screenplay page equals one minute of screen time (give or take), so 35 to forty pages is usually sufficient. However not all films are given equal time onscreen; often significant events occur offscreen that would lengthen a film if included.
The shortest feature-length film currently certified by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) is Hotter than Hell, which lasts only 3 minutes 43 seconds. It was written and directed by Richard Jones and stars Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes.
The shortest film to win the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival is Le Mépris (1963), by Jean-Luc Godard. At only 7 minutes 16 seconds, it also wins the award for longest title card sequence in history. It was followed by 8 1/2 minues (1969) by Michelangelo Antonioni and 5 Minutes (1972) by Kenneth Lonergan.
The shortest animated film is Mr. Hublot, which only takes 10 minutes to watch. It's also the only animated film to ever receive an Oscar nomination. In 1995, Lars von Trier wrote and directed Dancer in the Dark, which is considered by many to be one of the best films of the 21st century.