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REGISTER YOUR SCRIPT

Don’t let anyone read your material until you have registered your script with the Writers Guild of America.  You don’t have to be a member and the cost is very low. 
Writers Guild of America, West script registry service 
Writers Guild of America, East script registry service

 

SCREENWRITING SOFTWARE

There are several screenwriting programs on the market.  Final Draft is the most widely-used and easy to learn.  Don’t screw around with MS Word, do yourself a favor and pick up a piece of software.  Let the program worry about the formatting while you tell your story the program worry about the formatting while you tell your story.
www.finaldraft.com

 

IMDB (INTERNET MOVIE DATABASE)

The definitive resource for all things film and TV.  A priceless tool for any screenwriter.
www.imdb.com

 

THE WRITER’S STORE

One of the best resources for all your screenwriting needs.  Software, books, supplies, etc.
www.writersstore.com

 

SCREENPLAY FORMATTING

There is no single standard for studio format.  However, the Nicholl Fellowship and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has a useful and accurate guide to screenplay format:
Guide to Screenplay Formatting

 

CHARACTER NAMES

Need help thinking of names for your characters?  This might help.
www.babynames.com