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Example of Two-Column Script

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Example of Two-Column Script

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Example of Two-Column Script

  1. 1. Two-column script format Updated July 3, 2006
  2. 2. Video Scripts  A variety of script formats are used.  Most follow certain guidelines but may vary depending upon the organization.  Screenwriting, Broadcast Journalism and Writing for Electronic Media cover writing in much more detail.  Brief overview of 2 column format
  3. 3. Two-column script  Helpful means of organizing shots and video  ALL VIDEO information goes in the left column  ALL AUDIO information goes in the right column  Be as detailed as possible  Use the ‘table’ function of your word processor to create a 2-column table
  4. 4. Video Audio VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS ALWAYS GO HERE. BE AS DETAILED AS POSSIBLE. VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS ARE IN ALL CAPS. The audio portion of the script goes on the right hand side and is double spaced.
  5. 5. Video Audio  2-COLUMN FORMAT TIP: CREATE A 2- COLUMN SCRIPT BY USING THE TABLE FUNCTION IN YOUR WORD PROCESS. CHOOSE A 2-COLUMN TABLE WITH 15-20 ROWS. ADD ROWS AS NEEDED. Any additional directions should be listed in parentheses before the copy. Also, indicate who is speaking: narrator, character, etc…
  6. 6. Video Audio EACH BOX IN THE LEFT COLUMN SHOULD CONTAIN NO MORE THAN A SINGLE SHOT EACH SHOT MUST EXACTLY MATCH THE AUDIO  (Special instructions include details about the audio: e.g., UP, UNDER, ESTABLISH)  Example (Theme music up, establish, then under) Narrator: Water - the single most important element on earth.
  7. 7. Video Audio  ALSO IN THE LEFT COLUMN: SPECIFIC VISUAL DIRECTIONS (CUTS, DISSOLVES), GRAPHICS, TITLES, SPECIAL EFFECTS, Lower Thirds (NAME AND TITLE).  Be as detailed as possible with instructions, music and sound effects  Write out everything just as it is meant to be spoken aloud.  Keep script conversational
  8. 8. VIDEO AUDIO XLS - HOGGARD HALL, (MUSIC UP: Faber CANNON IN College Theme) FOREGROUND DISSOLVE TO MS, MUSIC CONTINUES BURNEY FOUNTAIN DISSOLVE TO CU SPIRIT ROCK (MUSIC UNDER) NARRATOR: “One of the best kept secrets in higher education, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, has been… Sample Script Page
  9. 9. Scripting notes  Narration, dialog should be as conversational as possible and appropriate for the characters  Strive for natural flow and read copy aloud once written  Contractions, informal verbiage acceptable if appropriate for topic
  10. 10. Scripting notes  A great deal of information can be communicated in 30 seconds  Scripts must be 30 seconds, no more (read them aloud)
  11. 11. Scripting notes  TV is a visual medium, don’t be afraid to exploit this and create visually stimulating messages  Music and sound effects are also of incredible importance, use them when appropriate  Just like advertising, one key goal is to “break through the clutter”
  12. 12. Storyboard •Visual representation of the script •Pictures are added to the script to ‘show’ what the video/film scenes will look like •Usually 4 or 6 to a page - key visuals in the ‘box,’key audio on the lines below or next to the frame
  13. 13. Storyboard •Range from single page for a 30 second PSA hundreds of frames for a film. •May be on standard paper or on foam-core posterboard. •Useful means of envisioning the concept. •Range from rough sketches to polished drawings or photographs.
  14. 14. Client: UNCW Student Productions Campaign: “You Need Us” Sept. 17, 2002Title: Full Service Theme music, UP, then UNDER. “UNCW Student TV productions” “Narr.: Your one-stop video production source. From planning to editing … …we can get your message across. UNCW Student Productions - a full service company Because so much is riding on your video.” (Asubsidiary of Gene’s Tire andAuto)
  15. 15. Storyboards  Adjust format as needed  Print on 8.5x11” paper for this course (commercial presentations may differ)  Be enterprising in making your storyboard look professional - it also must be persuasive (like the proposal)

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