As an aspiring screenwriter trying to "make it" in Hollywood, it is important to know and understand the different types of scripts used in the industry.
You only have one chance to make a good first impression--so make sure it's the best it can be by using the proper screenplay formatting!
The large majority all of the scripts written each year are spec scripts. That script that you have tucked away in your drawer? Spec script. That script you wrote and passed along to your friend to read? Spec script. That script you took with you to last year's PitchFest? You guessed it, spec script! Spec scripts, as defined by Wikipedia, are "non-commissioned, unsolicited screenplays usually written by screenwriters with the hopes that they will someday have the script optioned and eventually purchased by a producer or production company/studio." A spec script is written specifically for a reader, rather than a director. The main goal of a spec script is to get the reader's attention with your story and spark enough interest for them to push to represent you or option your script.
A shooting script, on the other hand, is "the version of a screenplay used during production of a motion picture." This version of the script is the blueprint for the making of the movie. It includes information that is not included in the spec script, such as camera directions and film crew instructions.
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