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Drama Formats. Stuff you need to know to write a play or screen play. Just like every other piece of fiction, plays/screenplays need…. Characters Setting Plot Conflict The main difference between a script and a short story or novel is formatting. . Stage Play Formatting.

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drama formats

Drama Formats

Stuff you need to know to write a play or screen play.

just like every other piece of fiction plays screenplays need
Just like every other piece of fiction, plays/screenplays need…
  • Characters
  • Setting
  • Plot
  • Conflict

The main difference between a script and a short story or novel is formatting.

stage play formatting
Stage Play Formatting
  • Setting, character descriptions, stage directions are all in italics.
  • Usually, a few paragraphs are spent at the beginning of a script describing the set.
  • Stage directions are included at the writer’s discretion.
dialogue formatting for plays
Dialogue Formatting for Plays
  • Dialogue written for a play should follow this format:

Bill: (grabs a chair and sits) Frankly, I think it’s time you and I had a serious talk about the frog.

Marsha: The frog?

Bill: Yes, the frog.

organization
Organization
  • Plays should be separated into acts and scenes.
  • Generally, a change in location, time or focus calls for a new scene.
how is this different than a screenplay
How is this different than a screenplay?

Formatting for dialogue follows this pattern:BILL

(grabs chair and sits)Frankly, I think it’s time you and I had a serious talk about the frog.

MARSHA

The frog?

BILL

Yes, the frog.

other differences
Other differences
  • Screenplays generally include some information about camera angles and locations using these abbreviations:

Ext.: exterior shot CU: close up

Int.: interior shot Cut to: indicates

POV: point of view switching from one

VO: voice over to another.

OC: off camera

Here’s a link to what a film script looks like:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/48368948/Dr-Horrible-s-Sing-Along-Blog-Script

things to keep in mind
Things to keep in mind…
  • In a script, dialogue is king. Make it work hard!
    • Use how a character says something to say something about the character
  • Make use of the visual images you can create on screen or stage
  • Avoid voiceovers unless really, really necessary
story arc yep we ve done this before just a review
Story Arc (yep, we’ve done this before. Just a review.)

Definition:A story arc is a plan of how the plot will progress from one character or group of characters’ point of view. It covers both external events and internal events/ feelings.

your script should usually have
Your script should (usually*)have:
  • Exposition (a set up)
  • Rising Action (leading to the presentation of the Conflict)
  • Climax (where the conflict is addressed)
  • Falling Action (results of the climax)
  • Resolution (an ending)

*Yes, not all scripts have all of these components but most do.

let s analyze a piece of drama
Let’s analyze a piece of drama!
  • As we watch Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog, look for the Exposition, Rising Action, Conflict, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.