Filmmaking Basics/Formatting the Script/Analyze the story
1. What is the Location?
2. Who are the characters in this story?
3. What is the dialog for this story?
We need to write down just the words that are spoken. This is the meat of the script.
4. What are the actions in this story?
The actions are what goes on in the story that is not dialog. For a movie script, this must be very short. Notice how much of the story is eliminated and not included in the actions.
At the beginning of the scene, all you need to say is
5. What is the ending transition for this story?
At the end of the scene, all you need to say is:
That is all the information you need to type the script. Right? Maybe not! For the animated version, we need more. See the note to the right.
Analyze the Story
Here is the information you will need to type the script:
Re-read the story. As you read the story, write down this information so you will be ready to type the script. Then check with the answers on the left.
"Seduced by the Dark Side!"
An old (yet wise) person and a young (but curious) person are outside a movie theater where they have just seen the movie "Star Wars". Now they stand looking at the movie poster on the wall outside the theater.
The younger person says, "That was a great movie... but I don't understand one thing." The older person says, "Hum, what's that?". The young person says, "I don't understand how anyone can be 'seduced by the dark side'".
The older person thinks for a while and then answers, "What computer do you use at home?"
The young person immediately responds eagerly, "A Macintosh."
Then the older person slowly says, "But what computer does your father use at work?"
The young person thinks for a while and then smiles in amazement, exclaiming loudly, "Seduced by the Dark Side!"
The older person smiles knowingly at the young person. The young person is very happy knowing he has just learned a very important lesson. Now the two have formed a bond that will last a lifetime.
They begin walking slowly home together.
The answer is "yes" for the
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The formatted scripts from the lesson on "Script Formatting"
Version: The Live-Action Script
Click on the word assignment to see the actual pdf document.
Version: The Animation Script