Lights Camera – Action!. Movie Script. It is crucial to remember that film is a VISUAL medium. You don't tell your audience your story, you SHOW them. You must learn to write a screenplay VISUALLY. Write what they will SEE and what they will HEAR. . A Great Story.
FADE IN: EXT. KEY WEST MARINA - DAWN –
ESTABLISHING Sailboats, yachts, and cabin cruisers all bob up and down in the warm blue water.
INT. MASTER SUITE - MORNING
Expensive designer sheets and comforter covers the nude, shapely body of drop dead gorgeous JULIE COOPER, 25. Sunlight filters through portholes over the muscled, tan body of FRANKIE CAMPISI, 38. He brings a tray with coffee and juice.
Rise and shine, Bluebird. Time to spread your wings and fly.
What? What time is it?
I knew I wasn't gonna get in that shower for at least 45 minutes, so I went for a run.
With V.O. you don’t see the actor say it, but you hear it and see the actor going for the run.
Sometimes in a script it's acceptable or even necessary to have a crowd scene with ad lib dialogue. There are two basic ways of writing this.
The CROWD in the bleachers taunts the pitcher: "You stink!" "Rubber arm!" "Ball!" "You throw like my sister!" The second choice is to do it is as a character and dialogue.
You stink! Rubber arm! Ball! You throw like my sister!!
SERIES OF SHOTS
A) Store windows start to rattle and shake.
B) Hanging signs swing back and forth.
C) Bricks and shards of glass begin to fall onto the sidewalks.
D) People run for cover.
ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR BOAT GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM MERRILY, MERRILY, MERRILY, MERRILY LIFE IS BUT A DREAM.
EXT. BEACH – DAY
Hundreds of young, perfect bodies of college age kids frolic on the sand and in the warm water.
SUPERIMPOSE: Daytona Beach, Spring Break, 1966