Screenwriting margins are the areas around your story that you will want to leave blank. They’re the spaces between dialogue and action, or between different scenes in a movie.

This is where you can insert description, character thoughts and other bits of information that aren’t part of the screenplay.

You may also want to use these margins for exposition, where one character mentions something that another character has been thinking about.

Margins are especially useful for creating tension or suspense in your script because they can be used for foreshadowing and other techniques to keep readers guessing what’s going on next.


Screenplay Margins

What Are Screenplay Margins?

Screenplay margins can be used to calculate the cost of production of a screenplay over time.

A screenplay is the first draft of a script. It’s usually written in collaboration with others, including producers and directors.

A screenplay is often the first step in getting your script made into a film or TV show.



The most important thing about margins is that they should not be used for action or dialogue — those should always be kept together as one unified block of text (see our article on screenplay formatting).

Why Proper Screenplay Formatting Matters

 The first thing that you need to know about screenwriting formatting is that it is different from the formatting used in books. The reason for this is that movies are made from scripts, which are meant to be read aloud.

So, screenplays should be formatted in a way that makes it easy for actors to read them on set.

Not only does formatting matter for the reader, but it also matters for the writer. When you write a screenplay, it’s important to make sure your script is easy to read and understand. If you have too many words or if your writing style is not clear and concise, then no one will be able to understand what you’re trying to say.

There are several ways that you can format your screenplay so that it looks professional and easy to understand:

Use large typeface — The average font size recommended by most professional screenwriters is 12 point typeface. This means that all of your sentences should be more than one line long and they should be arranged in paragraph form instead of bulleted or numbered lists (unless you’re writing a list poem).

Use bold typeface Use strong black or dark red lettering on every line of text so that readers can easily distinguish between lines of dialogue or action sequences within


The Differences Between A Spec Script And A Shooting Script

 The differences between spec scripts and shooting scripts are many. They can be as simple as the kind of story or genre, but they also include the amount of money available for the project, rights issues, and even the type of characters being created.

Spec Scripts

A spec script is a script that has been written with no intention of getting made into a film. A studio may ask for a spec script in order to gauge interest in a particular story idea, or they may request one from an agent or writer if they think it might be good enough to make into a film.

Shoot Scripts

A shooting script is what you would get if you were going to shoot your movie. It includes all of the details about how the movie will be shot, including cast and crew members, locations, props and equipment requirements, etc.,

plus any special effects that need to be added or removed from the final cut (if any).

Screenplay Formatting Of Margin

Screenplay formatting is a very important part of the screenplay. The way you format your screenplay will determine if it will be read and understood by the reader.

It is also essential that you understand how to format your screenplay properly because this will help you create a professional looking document.

The most common aspect of formatting a screenplay is the margin. The margin can be used to separate different sections of the script, such as scene headings, dialogue or special effects. Here are some tips on how to use margins in your screenplay:

  1. Use two inch margins on all four sides of your script. This allows you to easily see where each section begins and ends without having to open up your script or change pages.
  2. Add one inch margins at both top and bottom of every page except for the first page which should have no margin at all so that it does not look cluttered or messy when printed out (unless it’s a personal copy.)

The History Of Screenplay Margins

The history of screenplay margins is a long and interesting one. It began with the first typewriters, which required that the writer and the printer be in the same room. This was not practical for any but the most intimate of conversations so it was necessary to have a single piece of paper (or other means of communication) that could be shared between two people.

The margin would be used as a place to write notes, thus making it easier for both parties to see what was being discussed at any given moment. Since this consisted of two different documents, there were two sides to each page.

The edge on which the printed text ran was called the binding edge; the area where you could write on it was called the gutter margin (because it was where your notes would go).

The gutter margin came into prominence when typewriters became more common than pen and paper and they were used alongside them in offices.

This meant that there needed to be some sort of agreement between printer and writer about how much space each side should take up on each page, otherwise one side would run over into another or even onto another part of its own page (which might be physically impossible).

This led to

Script Margin Sizes Explained

 Alright, I’m going to explain what the different margin sizes are and how they affect your layout.

Margin: This is the space between your text and the edge of whatever you’re using for the page, e.g. a browser window or a PDF file. It’s measured in pixels (px), which is a unit of measurement used to describe physical distance onscreen. Margins are often set at 1px on both sides, but more than one pixel is allowed as well.

Word wrap: If you have a paragraph with multiple lines, it may be wrapped around an image or other object that’s larger than your screen’s native size.

Word wrap will let you see all of your text without having to scroll down or resize the page to fit it all in one block. The word-wrap property can be set on individual paragraphs using CSS rulesets like so:

p { word-wrap: break-word; }

Script Formatting Is Super Important

 Script formatting is super important. It’s not just about making your site look good, it’s also about making sure your script is readable and accessible to the widest audience possible.

If you’re writing a script for a client, there are a few things you need to keep in mind:

  1. Don’t use more than 120 characters per line. This keeps the text from being too long and makes it easier for people to read it on their phones and computers.
  2. Use line breaks between paragraphs so that readers can easily see where one paragraph ends and another begins. Line breaks are also good for SEO purposes because search engines like page titles that include line breaks (they think they’re links).
  3. Use color coding when appropriate to make it easier for readers to follow along with what you’re trying to say or show them where certain elements are located within the script itself (i.e., the green box is where I’ll put my logo).

Screenwriting Margins – Wrpaping Up

By Don McPherson

The screenwriter’s margin is the space between the beginning of a film and the end of it. It is the time to develop, develop and develop some more. Screenplays are typically about 2,000 words long, so you have about 5 minutes per page in which to express your story.

This can be a challenge if you’re writing your script on a computer because you will have to cut and paste text from one page to another. That’s why I recommend that you write out your final draft on paper first, then type it into your word processor. This way you can use the margins to make changes, such as adding scenes or characters, or changing dialogue lines (and their order).

If you’re using an outline format like I do, then there is no need for margins — it’s all right there in black and white on that outline!