Just as you carefully name your characters, places, and just about everything else in your screenplay, you should also carefully select the numbers you use. Consideration of street addresses, ages, phone numbers, et cetera for dramatic effect can be as important as careful naming.
Consider how numbers are used to enhance the movies you watch . .
When you watch movies, consider the phone numbers, street addresses, and everything else that
contains a number. Do you think these were chosen at random? What meaning are they trying to
Number carefully to enhance meaning in your own movie . .
A license number, a clock face, the page of a calendar. All of these can be highly efficient and
economical ways of relaying meaning to the viewers of your movie. While impressing Hollywood
readers that you really know what you're doing (not to mention helping to speed their job of
finding "The Next Big Thing" . . you). Why waste a single drop of ink that can be used to
establish mood, enhance anticipation, accent theme, or emphasize irony?
Resources to help you number more effectively . .