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Script Formats. Format. There are different kinds and vary for both television, radio and film. There is the single column format:. Radio: Script “Americans at Work” 1939. Then there is . The two column format. Typically used for Television. . Proper Format .

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  • There are different kinds and vary for both television, radio and film.
  • There is the single column format:
then there is
Then there is
  • The two column format.
  • Typically used for Television.
proper format
Proper Format
  • Essential so you don’t look like an amateur.
    • Common mistakes are typos, punctuation errors and poor grammar
  • When writing a script – Keep it simple.
    • They should be three hole punched.
    • Card stock paper in a single color.
    • Don’t write with fancy typography. Use courier 12 or Times New Roman.
for screenplays
For Screenplays
  • Titles: Should be in all CAPS and centered, about a 1/3 of the way down the page.
  • Can be plain underlined or in quotation marks but not both.
  • Should have you name centered and double spaced below the title. Not all in caps.
  • Your contact info
  • Font should be courier 12, New York, Bookman and Times New Roman.
ways to format a script for tv radio
Ways to format a script for TV/radio
  • The single column – the way most screenplays are written. This is also used in radio.
  • For a commercial idea the summary or outline might be a few sentences with the scenario or treatment ranging from a paragraph to a page.
  • For movies or a 1-hour drama it can be a summary of 1 to 2 pages and the treatment can be a 5th of the entire projected script.
  • For broadcast – be brief as you are constrained by time.
    • 25 to 30 words is equivalent to about 10 seconds.
  • Retain an informal tone.
  • Be specific. Do Not generalize or confuse the audience.
  • Use of Gender: Don’t assume the use of “he” or “his.” Try to generalize and include both sexes.
radio style
Radio Style
  • Writing is more “one on one”
  • Material must be written as if the presenter is sitting in the audiences living room.
  • Personalize: Reach out to a specific audience. Try to relate.
  • Be natural.
  • Choose words that are familiar (also for TV).
  • Slang words can be used in certain circumstances.
  • Mostly use common language.
  • Spelling must be accurate – esp. for a newscast.
  • Verbs: Must be in present tense to an active voice with subjects doing the action.
the right words
The right words:
  • Know their meaning and their spelling.
    • Affect v.s. effect
    • Advice v.s. advise
    • It’s and its
    • Your and you’re
  • Punctuation – gives the narrator or actor direction about the tone. Avoid abbreviations except for terms that can’t be misunderstood like Mr., Mrs., Dr., etc.
  • Must be clear
  • If you have a word that is pronounced different than how it is spelling place pronunciation in all caps next to it.
    • Ex: We go live to Sandra Hinojos (EE-NO-HOSE).
one more thing be accurate
One more thing – Be Accurate
  • When doing your own commercial – do your own outside research.
  • If you claim that your product is the first of its kind in the history of products - then you will need the proof to back it up.
    • You don’t want to be sued for False Advertising or making False Claims.
      • Recent Examples – Kelloggs must pay $4 million for falsely advertising mini-wheats.
  • Sketcher’s Shoes case - $40 million settlement.
  • Read chapter 3 of Hillard if you haven’t done so already. (Quiz)
  • Due Thursday: Select an online or television commercial, trailer, PSA, or broadcast piece and using the two column writing style write its script.
    • Example: Pages 54 and 55 of Hillard. (commercials should be anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes) NOTE: you may have to re-watch it several times.