1. Rumwriter
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    Sitcom screenplay length

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Rumwriter, Jul 23, 2012.

    The general rule is that with proper formatting a page = a minute with a screenplay, yet I read today that a typical 30 minute sitcom has a length of more like 45 pages. Why is this?
     
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    Apparently I'm wrong, don't bother reading this.


    maybe so some stuff can be cut out, and to make sure they fill the airtime ? I'm just guessing here, i don even know if page = a minute, I'm relying on you.
     
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    sorry, that's not a good guess, louis...

    it's due to the differences in format and having more 'acts' due to the need for commercial breaks...

    and yes, for a film script, 1 page = 1 minute of running time...
     

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