Well, I say for any script, be it an episode or a film, should have 4 to 5 acts. In my opinion, to classify a script as a movie, you'll need at least 100 pages. Most of the time, we try to get 120 pages or more.
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Post by Jack Malone on May 19, 2010 18:05:48 GMT -6
Screenplays aren't separated by acts so you don't need to worry. It usually depends on how many scenes you have in each act. When I plan out an episode I aim for four big scenes in each, and usually reach about 50-60+ pages (with a FIVE ACT script). But the truth is as long as you have FOUR ACTS and a TEASER your script is fine. Anymore than Five and I think its too much. I'd suggest placing scenes into other acts, or cutting some unimportant scenes.
Usually, with all the scripts I've written, I've done 4 acts and a teaser. (The first few were 5 acts and a teaser; the first one I ever did was a teaser, 6 or 7 acts and an epilogue(I considered it a feature-length pilot for my series; ergo, that's why more went into it.))
The norm, is that you have four/five acts and a teaser. But really, it doesn't matter as if the story your telling is good enough, you could do away with the act system completely. Some people find them a nice template, others think they hinder their storytelling. It really is up to you.
Me. I try to go for the norm. A teaser of about 4 to 6 pages, acts with a minimum of 10 pages. An episode then usually comes out at between 45 to 55 pages.
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Personally, I do the aforementioned four acts and a teaser, sometimes with a short five-page epilogue. I do, however, know some people who have abandoned acts altogether, as it allows the action to become seamless.