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Old June 10 2014, 09:56 PM   #204
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Re: Fan Film Writer's Primer

SCRIPTWRITING STANDARDS TIP

Script Pages Per Minute

This comes up now and again when talking to fan filmmakers, so I thought it was worth mentioning here.

If you are using an industry-standard script format for film or a TV drama, each page is considered to have an approximate length. (Sitcoms use a very different format, and thus are not discussed here.)
Feature = 1 minute per page
Film = 45 seconds per page
Why the difference? Well, typically TV shows are more dialogue heavy and less "cinematic", thus action as seen on screen occurs faster. Not always the case, but it's the rule of thumb.

This is why scripts for TNG tended to be between 58 and 60 pages to produce episodes of a length of 43 minutes (minus titles and commercials).
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