Topic: Script Formatting

Hello, I have recently been interested in the format of my scripts to make them more understandable with better detail. How do you write your scripts?  Here's an example of a script I have been working on: Script It is by no means finished, and the grammar may not be correct because it is just a first draft, but at least you can get an idea on how I do it.
What do your scripts look like? Do you have some examples on how you write them?

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I can't see your script since I have google blocked.  If you post them to dropbox or soemthing, I could.  My scripts look like this, and you can find a gang of them in the HERE ARE SOME SCREENPLAYS THAT NEED ANIMATORS thread, in this pre-production area.

https://app.box.com/s/o83z435e9km5ggmesdfvgucassl76u95

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That looks almost exactly like mine. The only thing I don't do is specify camera angle for each scene, but that's just my preference.

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When I write HOO scripts, I tend to write reading scripts, which aren't so shot-specific.  The one example I provided is a shooting script, which has specific shots since they're intended for others to shoot.  I sometimes specify specific shots when I want to indicate a certain view, for dramatic reasons.

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Here's a sample of the script:
1. EXT. WORLD - DAY

WIDE SHOT: STEVE walks into the scene from the left and stops a few steps away from the cave.

CLOSE UP: STEVE glances left, then right. He scratches his head and then it pops. (Use sound effect from the leprechaun animation.)

CLOSE-UP: STEVE pulls out a sand block and places it. He starts to build a pre-assembled farm of carrots. He starts building slow, but the pace quickens rapidly. When he is 1/3 complete, the shot ends.

WIDE SHOT: STEVE appears to be all over the place placing blocks and assembling the farm. When he is 2/3 complete, the shot ends.

CLOSE-UP STEVE slows down in his speed building and then the shot ends when he has completed the farm by placing the last block.

It is in courier font

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When you're doing your own projects, the only thing that is really important is that you can understand it. It is a good idea to get into the habit of writing scripts the "proper" way. I've found that the easiest way to write scripts the Hollywood way is to use CelTx (or something like that). The benefit of using a program is that you can focus on writing your ideas without worrying about the formatting (also, CelTx is my favourite price - free!).

If you're writing a script for someone else, try and avoid merging the script and the shot list. They really should be two different documents (again, a good habit to get into as a young up and coming film maker) but for a simple short project then it isn't as critical.

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The only problem with CeltX is that it doesn't format character names properly.  But it's enough for my OCD to prevent me from using it.  I write in OpenOffice and made a template so I can click the margin styles I need for each screenplay element.  It takes not long to get used to.  If anyone uses OpenOffice and wants these margins, let me know, and I'll gladly share!!!!

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I once liked Celtx a while back but it went through some changes that left me less interested. This past year I tried Trelby which was listed in the free software page, and I like that much better.

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I hadn't heard of Trelby. I'll have a look at it, cheers sharing. mini/smile

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As I know and prefer, camera angle, effects, included voices and things like that shouldn't be included in the script. Script should only contain the story and condition of the place (INT./EXT. , day/night/dawn, ...) as the only additional information; and the story is told by describing what actors (here: minifigures) do and how is the atmosphere.
However, if you write the script just for yourself, it may be okay to include these information; but make it a habit to differ them.
When you write a script without these info, it brings new ideas when people (or yourself) read it again and again; but, it all depends on you.

Also, it's worth to take time exploring famous writers' scripts. Some good examples can be found here.

Last edited by Shahriar (February 19, 2018 (10:26am))

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As for me, sometimes writing even a short film script could be a complicated thing. Because not often I have such "good" fantasy, you know. I don't think that it is a big mistake to find some inspiration through the web. That is why, I think, sometimes someone's scripts could be so similar.
While searching across web I found this https://www.scriptwriting.biz/turn-your … ie-script/
Maybe, someone also will get the help from them. mini/smile mini/yes