Scriptwriting Tips

Scriptwriting needs can vary widely in video production, depending on the type of project. Some scripts are intended for the benefit of those behind the camera, but the ones that are of most concern for you are the dialogue, voiceover and teleprompter scripts. In the "industry" some may require specific applications or software be used, or that format and structure be adhered to without question. While that is certainly important, in the context of getting your ideas and content ready for filming, we have (hopefully) simplified the process.

Shooting Script  Click Here
This document, more easily created in spreadsheet form, defines a list of subject matter, locations and other assets necessary as it relates to the actual script. Even to the point of what lenses to use, angles and setups. However, we won't ask you to go to that extent. The sample (link above), we've provided simplifies the process by consolidating voiceover and occasional on-screen footage with exactly what graphics, photos, b-roll, text-on-screen and animations appear, and when. It helps you, the client as well by laying out a direct correlation between what is said and what is shown.

Dialogue Script  Click Here
An interactive script is one usually memorized by actors or anyone on camera and should therefore be provided to them well in advance. The primary items you'll want to take into consideration are; production title, location and/or setting, time of day, character or name, and the actual verbiage, along with inserted notes, as needed. It should be written in the order it will be presented from start to finish, using as many pages as necessary. Click on the link above for more information and an example that you can use to format your own script

Voiceover / Teleprompter Script  Click Here
Scriptwriting for voiceover-only or a teleprompter are essentially the same in terms of their simplicity, even if based off an original dialogue script. The primary difference is the omission of details required in a traditional script. You do not need times. locations, notes, etc. Just verbiage. You should also refrain from special characters, quotation marks or parenthetical comments. Not only does it not translate well with the teleprompting software, it becomes difficult for the person reading it to do so without inadvertently reading the extraneous text. Click on the link above for more information and an example that you can use to format your own script.