Term 2 – Assignment 2 | 004 Film Titles – Script Wrighting

We had to come up with a list of original film titles in a group:

1. Max’s Adventures in Space
2. The life & times of a G33k
3. Melt
4. Scrolls
5. A real Big Tree
6. More Volume
7. Taxi drives guide to the Galaxy
8. Barry Trotter
9. Super Awesome
10. Dark Light
11. Shatter
12. Push
13. The Marvelous Misafventures of P.B. Winterbottom
14. An Act of Cabbage
15. Iron Asylum **
16. White Noise
17. The Square
18. The Multiply
19. Addicted
20. The Moustache Squad
21. Diary of a Salmon Fish
22. Cowboys VS the Axis
23. Porrage in the woods
24. Playground Predjudice
25. Starlin VS Lincoln
26. Women in the Fog
27. Abe Lincoln VS. the Mud Men **

From This we narrowed the choices down to 2, checking google and IMDB to see if original.

We ended up with:

Iron Asylum & Abe Lincoln VS. the Mud Men

We decided to go with Iron Asylum and continued to write a short synapsis of the film.

“Set in 1943m U.S. [NAME] turns up for his first day of work at the maximum security hospital for the criminally insane when a mysterious substance is released into the hospital. It is a race against time to find out who is behind the attack… and why.”

We were then introduced to the following program, which is used to write scripts “Celtx”

The Program correctly formats a script for a movie. It comes presets with all the required options.

With the added use of the matrix script, we were able to quickly learn the basics of how to write a script properly.

This link is a good guide on how to format the script:


Parentheticals are generally disfavored, because they give direction to an actor that may not be appropriate once on the set. (meaning from http://www.screenwriting.info/08.php).

Transition The process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another (meaning from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/transition).

Spec Script
Spec scripts are scripts written on the speculation of a future sale. They are written in the present tense using master scene format.  This format uses:
-scene headings
-narrative description
-dialogue blocks

Shooting Script
Shooting scripts are scripts used during production to shoot the movie. They are written with much more detailed than spec scripts and may include, among other things, scene numbers, editing transitions, and camera angles.   Shooting scripts are a great source of confusion for novice writers because they seem to break all the formatting rules discussed in this lesson.

Since shooting scripts are used in production, they are formatted to include any helpful information that the director may request.  They are not used for selling purposes, so if you come across one, do not use its format. 

Shooting scripts are difficult to read and will turn off prospective investors.  Only use this approach when the script is going directly into production.  The remainder of this lesson deals with formatting a spec script.  

Scene Headings
A scene heading, also called a “slug line,” is composed of three parts: 

  • interior vs. exterior

  • location

  • time of day

The three parts are written on one line and capitalized, as in the example below. Interior and exterior are always abbreviated as INT. and EXT. Time of day is limited to DAY and NIGHT, with the occasional use of DAWN and DUSK.


 If any of the three elements change, it creates a new scene and a new heading is required. For example, if the next scene takes place in the same location but during the day, the heading would be changed to read:


In General 1 page of script ~ 1 min of footage

Examples of Scripts: ******************* working 24/1/12

The Godfather: http://filmschoolonline.com/sample_lessons/sample_script_page.htm

Collection: http://www.filmscriptwriting.com/samplescripts.html

Apocalypse Now: http://www.awesomefilm.com/script/apocalypsenow_draft.txt

The Empires Strikes Back: http://www.scifiscripts.com/scripts/esb_4th.txt

THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS: http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/nightmare-b4-xmas_early.html

Pulp Fiction: http://www.weeklyscript.com/Pulp%20Fiction.txt

Highlander: http://www.scifiscripts.com/scripts/Highlander_early.txt

The Green Mile: http://www.horrorlair.com/scripts/The_Green_Mile.txt

Clerks: http://www.weeklyscript.com/Clerks.txt

Line Spacing
Description and dialogue blocks are printed using single line spacing.  Scene headings, description, and dialogue blocks are separated using double line spacing.

The screenplay and title page must be printed in 12 point courier typeface.  Nothing else.

The cover must be blank.  Different colors are acceptable, but there must be no artwork or logos.  After the cover comes the title page, also called the fly page.  There are three sections on the title page: title, author, and contact information.  A typical title page looks like this:

The copyright and registration information should not be mentioned, because it will “date” the script (producers want fresh material). After the title page comes the script itself.  There should be no blank pages.

The script is held together with #5 ACCO folding brass fasteners with washers.  It is traditional to use two rather than three.  Screw brads (i.e. Chicago screws) are also acceptable. Do not use spiral binding!

The script and title page should be 3-hole 20lb. paper.  Use only white.  The cover should be card stock in the color of your choice.  Covers that fold over the fasteners are acceptable and look nicer, but cost a bit more.


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