|1. The Script
All great movies start with a script, and every script, no matter
how short or how long, should include memorable characters, an engaging
plot and be written in the traditional three-act structure.
Act 1 is considered the Exposition and Rising Action. This is the
beginning of the story and the introduction to what lies ahead. Act
2 is the center and longest portion of the script that includes the
conflict and the climax. Act 3 involves the Falling Action and Resolution
to the story.
It is safe to estimate that each page of the script
accounts for about 1 minute of screen time, which is why the length
of a standard
feature film script averages about 120 pages (120 minutes) or 2 hours
long. Short film scripts follow the same three-act story structure
as a feature film, but can vary anywhere between 1 to 50 pages