script guide

How to Write a Script

 
Pre-Production 
  1. Arrange a script meeting with everyone involved in the video.
  2. Have an agenda prepared prior to the meeting with bullet points to cover.
  3. Decide on a timetable and delivery objectives up front.
  4. Following the meeting, write the script IN DETAIL and send a draft to all persons involved for comments and approval.
  5. Avoid including every visual idea in the initial script. Voiceover and spoken words should be given priority, with general references to the visual content.
  6. Get the script approved by everyone involved. This should take 1-3 drafts.
  7. Once the script is approved, the team can move forward with the storyboarding process.
 
 
Determining Script Content 
  1. Develop the script from the bullet points generated from the first script meeting.
  2. Stick to the objectives. Cut out sentences that provide unnecessary background information.
  3. Less is more.
  4. Tell them what you're going to tell them. Tell them. Tell them what you told them.
 
 
Do's and Don't's
  1. DO use a document that can be viewed and edited by a large number of people, such as a Google Doc.
  2. DO use a three-column structure.
    - Column 1 numbers the lines and labels the type of image on screen (e.g. VIDEO, STILL IMAGE)
    - Column 2 contains the voiceover/spoken word
    - Column 3 to show storyboard material (e.g. visuals, conceptual notes, props, etc.)
  3. DON'T write a script in paragraph format. 
  4. DO keep the script as short and concise as possible.
  5. DON'T fill the video with technical jargon if your audience won't understand it. Write how people speak, not how they write.

 


 

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