Writers WriteUnit 24Writing for Television and Video
Assignment ScenarioAt the heart of a successful television or video product liesa well-researched, effectively written and appropriatelyformatted script.The wide range of script requirements across television andvideo genres demand writers who are flexible andcompetent in written and verbal communication.
Writing your Script 90-120 pages Courier 12pt font 8 1/2" x 11" bright white three-hole punched paperWhy Courier? Timing 1 formatted page = 1 minute screen time
Writing your ScriptA script can be an original piece, or based on a true story orpreviously written piece, like a novel, stage play ornewspaper article.At its heart, a script is a blueprint for the film it will one daybecome…The biggest mistake any new screenwriter can make is to submit ascript full of production language, including camera angles andediting transitionsIts crucial to remember that film is primarily a visualmedium.As a screenwriter, you must show whats happening in a story,rather than tell.
RulesScene Heading CharacterA scene heading is a one-line When a character is introduced,description of the location and his name should be capitalisedtime of day of a scene, also within the action.known as a "slugline." It shouldalways be in CAPS. DialogueAction Lines of speech for each character. Dialogue format isThe narrative description of the used anytime a character is heardevents of a scene, written in the speaking, even for off-screen andpresent tense. voice-overs.
Writing your ScriptThe best way to learn to rules and style is to read scripts: http://labs.triggerstreet.com/ http://www.simplyscripts.com/unpro.html Library!!!You can also take online lessons: http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Lesson:Formatting_the_s cript