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SEBCONCEPT FILM

This course is:

Formatting the script

UNDERSTAND SCRIPTING
UNDERSTAND THE FORMAT
BE ABLE TO WRITE YOUR OWN SCRIPT
TAKE A PERSONAL ASSIGNMENT
IS YOUR THE LESSON COOL? DROP A MESSAGE IN THE COMMENT BOX
Quick summary of the entire script-formatting lesson for speed readers
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Things to do

Here are the steps for this lesson:

  1. Download the free demo version of Final Draft or the free beta version of CeltX which is not as educational as the free demo version of Final Draft but will work with Linux.
  2. Learn to use the program.
  3. Read the story (below right).
  4. Type the story as a movie script (not television script) using Final Draft (free demo) or, if you must, CeltX.

Note: Script formatting is only for dramatic motion pictures, not for documentaries, event video, educational programs, or multimedia. If you want to edit videos of your kids or create ‘How to” videos, this is the wrong course.

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Analyze the story and format the movie script using a script formatting program

For the first lesson of this course, you are given a short story and you are told to format the story into the proper format for a motion picture script.

A golden opportunity – Final Draft FREE demo version
Now is an excellent time to learn script formatting. This is a task that people do every day in Hollywood so this lesson give you excellent practice.
A wonderful tool
You can download a free yet working demo version of Final Draft which is a script typing and script formatting program. This is the ideal program for learning script formatting. There are versions for both the Macintosh and Windows.
CeltX – An interesting alternative
if you cannot use Final Draft, you can download a free program called CeltX and the manual. It is free, and it works on Linux as well as Macintosh and Windows. Final Draft does not work with Linux.

Why such a simple story?

This is an extremely simple story. It seems trivial. You say, “I want something more challenging!”
I have heard this a thousand times from beginning filmmakers. Filmmaking looks so easy.
Wrong! This movie will be anything but easy. By the time we turn this simple script into a motion picture, this tiny movie will require a huge amount of effort. Filmmaking is never as simple as it looks. With this very simple scene, you will have the opportunity to do it all.
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The steps of this lesson

1. Look at the story
To the right, you see the story for “Seduced by the Dark Side!”. Even though this is a very short story, it still needs proper formatting because this movie will be worked on by hundreds of people. Everyone in Hollywood expects to see your script typed in the proper format.
2. Identify the elements
On page 2 , you see how the story is broken down into the different elements such as CHARACTER and DIALOG. Before you turn to this page, think about what elements of the story are needed for the script.
3. Download and learn to use Final Draft demo version
On page 3, you get a brief introduction to Final Draft. Final Draft is both a very professional program with lots of features and a simple typing program. First, you need to learn all the elements of a formatted script. Your second step is to learn how to navigate inside of Final Draft.
Important: Even though Final Draft has a tutorial, you will learn navigation mostly by trial and error using the TAB and the RETURN keys.
4. Typing the script – Line by Line
On page 4, you are shown all the steps of typing this script using Final Draft. Try doing this without looking. If you have studied the script and learned how to format using Final Draft, you should not need to read this page… but I include it just in case.


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Your Assignment

  • Submit a PDF file with the completed script formatted in proper format for a motion picture. (With the Macintosh OS X, you simply as to print the page using the PDF option.) If you have CeltX, you can submit the CeltX project file. Your instructor’s email address is “SEBCONCEPTFILMS@GMAIL.COM
  • The title page in Final Draft will print automatically when you print your script so don’t forget to select the Title under the Document menu and fill in all the info for the title page.


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There is a bug in Final Draft!

Title Page BUG in Final Draft

  • Warning: There is a bug in Final Draft.
The title page will not print correctly to PDF in some cases. You have to follow a special procedure.
To type the title page, select TITLE PAGE from the DOCUMENT menu. A special window appears. When finished, all the “(WORDS)” should be replaced with your information. No brackets should appear in the actual title page.
Final Draft does not remember the information on the title page until you close the title page window. After you close the title page window, save your project (SAVE AS…).
Then open the title page again to see if the information is still there. (I always save a copy of all the text from the title page in TextEdit or my word processing program, just in case.)
Now you can use SAVE AS PDF in the FILE menu to create the PDF version which you will send to me.

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