Crit format

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Crit format

Postby crit33533 » Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:42 am

Hi, just joined and received the plaintext email of the screenplay crit "#26691".

While I do understand the use of plaintext interchange to simplify estimation of critique wordcount and thereby facilitate fairness in the guild-style points system, the problem is that it simply does not work for screenplay critiquing.

A screenplay must adhere rigidly to font, margin, and indent/tab standards. Use of underscores and asterixes to substitute for underlining and italicization can significantly bloat dialogue and action line count, and can push page count higher. And of course it slows down the read with visual clutter. An important part of a screenplay critique is evaluating appearance of action and dialogue on the page, and of course page count is the first thing that industry readers check.

The screenplay text as-received is unreadable and unsalvageable, a real misery (to try) to read. Proper screenwriting programs can export to .rtf or the de facto industry-standard Final Draft .fdx format. I would encourage critique.org to broaden its awareness of industry standards vis-á-vis screenplay format.
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