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Movie Review: "Steel Magnolias"

As you all know, Movie Roll is starting to expand and grow, and for the first time we have our first guest post.

So, for this special ocassion I decided to make a review for one of my favorite films of all time, "Steel Magnolias".

You can check the post at this blog Zoe Valuated, managed by the wonderful Zoey Schvan, please be sure to toally check out the blog it is amazing and varied. I'm sure you'll like it.


"Steel Magnolias" Movie Review

Here's the link to Zoe's home page.

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Thanks for your support. I'll be posting more in the incoming days.


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The Origins of Screenplay Formatting

Now, in this post I'll be talking about the basic elements of screenplay formatting.

If you're planning to write a screenplay right now it is necessary to write it according to the Master Scene Script format, which has six elements that we will touch on ahead.


Scene HeadingActionCharacter NameParentheticalsDialogueTransitions
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