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A SCRIPT FORMATTING SAMPLE


TYPE IN THE COURIER OR COURIER NEW FONT, 12-PT (FOR PROPER TIMING ON EACH PAGE TO AMOUNT TO ONE-MINUTE PER PAGE IN REAL TIME)...

In black text throughout, the script begins with FADE IN: at the very beginning, on the left side of the page.  After this, EACH SCENE, along with the ACTION done and DIALOGUE spoken should follow.  

Whether the scenes take place in the day, night, morning, whenever, every scene needs to have ITS HEADING IN ALL CAPS AND STATE WHICH TIME OF DAY IT TAKES PLACE AT THE END OF THE LINE: 

Example:


INT. GROCERY STORE – DAY

There should be a space between the scene header above and the action paragraph or line underneath it, like this paragraph here.  Some formats have upper and lower case letters and some have ALL CAPS IN THE SECTION. 


The action paragraph describes what's happening visually in the particular scene location and lists anything specific that needs to be brought to light in the location when it’s brought to a physical production reality.  Whichever character is in the scene and what they are doing or what is going on needs to be specified here—but only what their physical activity is—or if a person is laying dormant (in this “action” paragraph/section). 

You also want to break up the paragraphs if the action paragraph is getting a bit long.  For example, JOEY may be at the stove searching for his favorite snack and goes through an ordeal to find it. 

In the same location and scene, MARY may be at the stove, making her favorite stir-fry.  Be concise, still.  If you have numerous scenes in the same location, for example, an office, you don’t need to give a description of how it looks every time you use this scene, unless it has a different decoration or theme for a particular reason or day or event within your story.  List “who” or “what” is in the scene, how they interact in the scene, with the...

                     CHARACTER NAME IN ALL CAPS        
             And their dialogue spoken is placed just
             under their name, like this here.  Have your
             characters talk/speak like we normally do as
             human beings.  Dialogue should be written
             imperfectly, like we naturally speak.
             Talking as if they are reading speeches or
             talking like authors in an eloquent novel or
             essay is not necessary here.

Action and dialogue can be alternated on the page, but a common saying is regularly repeated, “Show it, don’t tell it.”  The action section here lists what is seen and physically taking place and/or any type of sound that is heard within the location or somewhere nearby.

                     ANOTHER CHARACTER
             Yes.  We speak improperly and in fragments...
             Not always in perfect sentences.  Like this
             dialogue here.

EXT. CITY STREET – EVENING

Of course, your characters will be in numerous locations.
 
EXT. = Exterior (outside) shots/locations and

INT. = Interior (inside) shots/locations.

Remember, only to write what is seen...

                     A THIRD CHARACTER
              And what is heard...whether a person, a
              machine, thunder, an animal, etc., is what 
              goes on the script pages. 


No thoughts are written in this phase, unless it WILL BE heard in V.O., also known as “voice-over”.


                     ANOTHER CHARACTER
              Voice-over is written underneath,

              just to the left, underneath the

              character’s name above that particular

              dialogue.  And it is placed inside the

              parenthesis, like such, (V.O.)

Give your audience something they weren’t expecting, though it's been said that there are considered to only be 44 ideas to ever write about!  Wrap your story up with a bang, a surprise, a new way of seeing things.  Make it truly unique, but also where others can relate and it’s a story you won’t mind spending time on.  This means...”rewriting”, which is inevitable, even with award winners.  At the end of the last scene, the story will…

                                                    FADE OUT

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