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    Default Script writing.

    For my intended competition entry I have plenty of dialogue whcih is still to be written. Rather than just 'wing it' I wanted to get it all down first. As a script/screenplay if you will.

    So I got the thinking, how hard can a real script be to produce. Did a google search. teh first site that popped up was

    http://www.scriptwritingsecrets.com/contents.htm

    It all reads quite interesting tbh. However, not knowing anything about it, it might al lbe complete tosh for all I know. Comments anyone?

    I might have a read and see if I can't come up with some sort of MS Word template for a script/screenplay.

    Does anyoje have any other advice they care to share on script/screenplay writing? e.g. I'm assumign that a script and a screenplay are synonymous terms. Are they, in fact the same thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by millsy
    I might have a read and see if I can't come up with some sort of MS Word template for a script/screenplay.
    But then again, maybe I won't. Just found this.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scriptsmart/

    At first glance it looks like what I might have tried to create for myself... and then some.

    And more importantly (perhaps) I haven't found anything anywhere that indicates it's not a freebie. Thanks BEEB. Looks like just what I might be after.

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    You could try Roughdraft, a free word processor with options for screenplays and stage plays.
    http://www.rsalsbury.co.uk/rd.htm

    Reindert.
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    Default Cool

    Wow so much to learn - who could ever get it right!

    I really dig the BBC script writer link - it is just a really cool word template. I am going to use this as well.

    very user friendly and it will give you all the proper punctuation indenting etc without having to know a darn thing about how to type it up - thanks

    What do you recommend for storyboarding - I think premiere has storyboarding abilities of some kinds but have never played with that yet.
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    For storyboarding I have a handy Adobe Illustrator template.

    Although I don't use it as a template in the Illustrator sense. I simply print the page with the frame cells on it and then get my pencil and eraser out.

    I got the 'template' from the cover disk of a book.

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    Further to this thread....

    I treated myself to this book on the subject of screenwriting because the subject piqued my interest.

    Script writing book

    It's a good read. Aimed more at full screenplays and how to market them in Hollywood but a decent book on the subject in my opinion with plenty of stuff on how to actually write and structure a screenplay as well as how to go about trying th sell it..

    So it looks like my comp entry may well come with a downloadable script when I'm done. Not so sure it will reach Hollywood this time around. Maybe the next comp eh?

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    Thanks again millsy for the script writing template you found - I used it to type up my script - makes it look cooler anyway - there's no saving the content though
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    I had this site gathering dust in my favorites: http://www.craftyscreenwriting.com/

    I see he has released a book now and not everything is online but there are some chapters to read for free. From what I remember this man knows his craft and he is very in-depth. He even discusses the correct paper size (letter/A4) and the actual weight of the script. Too light and they throw is out unread, to heavy same thing so you have to choose the right quality of paper...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davewav
    Thanks again millsy for the script writing template you found - I used it to type up my script - makes it look cooler anyway - there's no saving the content though
    What? it's freebie word template whcih installs as a .dot. Create a new doc based on it and save in the normal way. What's not working for you then?

    I have found though, now I've started to use it that it makes some functions act a bit strange. cut and paste need to be done from the menu rather than the usual Ctrl-C/V keys.

    Must be all the VBA in the template. I may not use it longterm myself because of this. Might just create my own .dot based on the styles I need.

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    Default oops

    No, No I meant - the content (ie the lack of content or lack of skill at creating content) can't be saved by or helped by a template

    The template works great and yes you are right some hot key hits have been used by some of the macros they created. No big loss though

    thanks again
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