ADVANTEGES
Download
1 / 9

GENERAL SCRIPTING PRINCIPLES NOTE: These are guidelines only – not rigid rules . - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • 63 Views
  • Uploaded on

ADVANTEGES : This method is a good compromise in that gives equal importance to both the words and the pictures. It also enables the report to 'breath' by the inclusion of pauses for natural sound.

loader
I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
capcha
Download Presentation

PowerPoint Slideshow about ' GENERAL SCRIPTING PRINCIPLES NOTE: These are guidelines only – not rigid rules .' - harken


An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript

  • ADVANTEGES: This method is a good compromise in that gives equal importance to both the words and the pictures. It also enables the report to 'breath' by the inclusion of pauses for natural sound.

  • DISADVANTEGES: It requires practice and takes longer than text-first editing. But the result demonstrates that it is worth it. It is particularly appropriate to the editing of 'special news reports ' lasting three minutes or more, when there is generally more time allowed in the editing suite.


  • GENERAL SCRIPTING PRINCIPLES

  • NOTE: These are guidelines only – not rigid rules.

  • Write the studio introduction first- before you start writing the script. This will help you focus on the story and will avoid your first piece of text being a repetition of what has just been said by the presenter in the studio. It is possible that your news editor will change it but he/she will still be grateful for your suggestion. Remember: you know your story better than anyone.


  • Generally, scripts are for conveying facts and figures; interviews for conveying opinion, emotion, anecdotes and examples. This is not an absolute rule, but a useful guideline.

  • Keep your text SHORT! You are not writing a newspaper article. In television the pictures tell the story. The total length of you script should be between a third and a half of the total length of the report.

  • Each piece of script should normally be no more than twenty seconds. If it is longer, put in a short [two or three second] pause with natural sound. Remember: you are 'feeding' the viewer information. Don’t give them indigestion.


  • Keep your sentences simple. The art of good TV script-writing is to write simply but without simplifying. Try to avoid subordinate clauses. Television is Doha; this is better than: 'Ahmad, who lives in Doha, is a television reporter; short sentences are also easier to rearrange when you have to change the words to fit the picture.



  • Use the me what I can see but ordinary language of ordinary people. Yours words should be conversational, not literary or poetic. Remember: you are speaking to the viewer, not writing a letter to him/her.

  • Don't be afraid to ask the occasional question. Addressing your viewer directly gets their attention. For example: \so how doses the government plan to reduse traffic?'


  • Have the pictures in your head as you write the words – like a cinema projector inside your skull.

  • If facts and/or figures are disputed or uncertain, attribute them to a specific source –for example:'according to the united nations ….

  • Try to simplify figures by using fractions instead of percentages. Instead of 54% you can say 'more than half ' or even 'most'. Instead of 72%, you can say "nearly three-quarters" or "roughly seven out of ten". But, when reporting election or referendums, you should usually quote the exact percentage.


  • Say some thing like a cinema projector inside your skull.specific – not woolly generation or philosophical musings. You are a journalist, not a poet or a prophet.

  • Something the pictures 'speak for themselves '. If so, let them. There are times when the best script is not script. Learn to ' write silence' [former BBC War Correspondent, Marten Bell].


  • Keep your language politically and emotionally like a cinema projector inside your skull.neutral. 'Terrorists, freedom fighters, guerrillas' all imply partiality. Choose a word that describes without implying.

  • Avoid adjective & adverbs. These are descriptive words. The pictures should be doing the describing. Check your script for adjectives and, each time you find one, ask your self if it really necessary.


ad