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  1. We've talked a lot about the standard mechanics of story writing. I think it's time for us to start to explore the world of script writing. I know what you're thinking. "Mr. Tuna! I know how to script write. It's so easy! You just write the character name, then the dialogue!" I'm afraid not. If you write a script like that and try to send it to someone, they'll take one look at it and they will toss it in the garbage. However, since it's a lot easier to picture something by showing it, why don't I show you my meaning? First and foremost, however, I should recommend a script writing software. The one I've used most is called Celtx. I've used it for approximately 10 years. It's still free but as I understand requires an account now and you can't just download it to your computer any more unfortunately. That being said, I've moved over to another reasonable choice called Trelby. It's simplistic and if you're already a Celtx user you can transfer your files over to Trelby as needed. So let's get started with the TITLE PAGE! First and foremost, if you're using a script writing software, it's going to probably shave a good amount of time off this part. It must be formatted as you see here. Otherwise, down the trash chute it goes. "Written By" is fairly optional. As long as you write "By" followed by your FULL NAME. No nicknames. The bottom right side of the script can be used for copywriting if you wish, but it's optional, and you can alternate where your identifiable information goes as well, as long as its in one of the bottom corners. If your phone number, address, and email address are not in one of the bottom corners, your script will probably be thrown out. If not, and they decide they really like it, they'll just steal your work and pass it off as their own. Happens all the time, and you won't win that fight. As the writer, you're the second LOWEST tier on the totem pole. You have no say in who plays what. You have no influence over how your work is imagined. The only person lower on the chain of command then you is the craft services guy. Just be forewarned. If you become a screen writer and you aren't someone like Quentin Tarantino, you have no power. But you WILL make bank. Because you're selling your work. If you become a play writer, you'll probably make less money, but you will have ALL the power. Because in that case you are renting your work out. If you don't like how the set designer is doing things, you can threaten to take away their right to use the play. It won't make you any friends, but you'll have more leeway in that field, even if you're making less money. So if you're in this to stroke your ego, go theater. We will cover play writing in another update. It's fairly straightforward. Next, let's get started on the actual writing! So let's address our slugline, sort our actions, and form some dialogue! What the hell am I talking about? Well... Let's start with the SLUGLINE: A slugline, also known as your scene heading, is your main transition and how you define the current location and time of the scene you're about to cover. Every slugline should include these three things, in this order: WHETHER THE SCENE TAKES PLACE INSIDE OR OUT, THE LOCATION IT TAKES PLACE IN, AND THE GENERAL TIME FRAME. For example: Suppose we were writing a scene that takes places inside a convenience store in the day. We would signify that as follows: If the scene took place outside a house at night, it would be written as follows: YOU ARE EXPECTED TO ABBREVIATE INTERIOR OR EXTERIOR. In some cases, you can belay the use of the day/night selection. For instance: In space, the day/night cycle is probably not going to be quite as important, so it's understandable to excuse it here. If you need to include additional information in your slugline, you can add a small description after your location. But KEEP IT DOWN TO A FEW WORDS: Your slugline is how each scene is expected to open, and by using a new slugline you'll be suggesting to the reader that you are now in a different scene. After the slugline, you can either use dialogue or actions. It's generally better and more accepted to BEGIN WITH ACTIONS: Your actions are the meat and potatoes of your script. You will always write actions in the PRESENT TENSE. Additionally, you can not make any off comments about who you would like to see play which character, or the music you want in the scene. Nobody cares, and your script will be tossed if you do so. Say what needs to be said and move on: This sample defines what actions this character will be taking. It says nothing of where to put the camera because that much will be more up to the crew. You can suggest where the camera goes, but I usually leave that out. It's easier on you that way. If you have something happening in this action that is important, you can CAPITALIZE IT. When a character is first introduced in the narrative, his or her name should be CAPITALIZED. Afterwards, you can write the name normally if you'd like. I personally like to capitalize it all throughout the script though. It's just easier to pick out that way and there's no harm either way. Now we know the basics of narrative focus and action writing. But take this to heart: INCLUDE NOTHING IN YOUR SCRIPT THAT CAN NOT BE EITHER DIRECTLY SEEN OR HEARD. This means you can't include smells, taste, or touch. Why? Because the audience can not sense smells, tastes, or touch that the characters will sense. So: First of all, props for going for that top quality humor. But how is the viewer supposed to know that Jim stepped on a duck if we don't hear anything from him? We just see a guy widen his eyes. So what are your options? You can have Jim say what happened. "I farted." Or you can do it the smart way and play to the actions: Dialogue ought to be centered on its own personal line, and the character's name is the first thing you should see. The parenthesis are optional in the middle there. Use them only if you need to convey something specific... like how a line should be delivered. Or if two lines are said simultaneously: If you have a lot of dialogue for one character to cover, you may be required to write "CONT'D" next to the subject name. This is only needed when the dialogue is, well, continuous: If your character is narrating, you can signify this by including the abbreviation of V.O, which stands for "voice over." If a character is participating in dialogue but they are not on screen at the time, you can signify that by including "O.S", which stands for "off-screen." Deep stuff, I know. Here's an example page of some of what we covered: We see two sluglines here, meaning there are two scenes here. Note that we never use "CUT TO." It's not that we aren't allowed to. It's just that we don't need it here. You should also avoid writing "CUT TO" after each piece of dialogue for obvious reasons. There is so much more for us to cover... but I don't think putting it all in one blog post is such a wise idea. So instead, I'm going to include some sample writing. Only I'm going to write it in the exact way you SHOULDN'T write it. Your job will be to pick out the errors. There is, as I said, a LOT more to cover in this field. We will discuss that another time. In the meantime, I hope this helped if you're in the field for script writing!
  2. Obviously, soo, soo much fanfiction for MLP is written by bronies and pegasisters alike, but has anyone tried to write their story ideas in script form - like write their own episode? I think I'm gonna give it a try - there's a free-to-use website named PlotBot which formats your script in the correct format and everything!!
  3. Hey everyone I was wondering if you could review my screenplay - not really the plot - as its based off of this anime called SGT Frog/Keroro Gunsou that I'm sure not a lot of you know about, but more so its formatting I'm worried about. This is my first lengthy script/screenplay and I want to know that I have the formatting down. If I do, then if anyone needs me for some sort of project then I'll be happy to help them with whatever they need! Here's a link to the script -
  4. I just recently began watching MLP, and (while I am still very dubious about clippers) I have come to really enjoy the fandom. I have recently started writing a screenplay for a hypothetical MLP movie. Come and check it out at the following link: I am posting this via google drive because I am constantly making updates, and so that you can see my latest updates at your convenience. This screenplay is about peace, despite the name. I have actively avoided blood and gore, so that it is more acceptable to younger audiences, while still discussing the horrors of war and the strength of friendship. I am interested in any help I can get, either in the script, concept art, or music. I also utilized several works of fan art as concept images, embedded in the text. If you recognize any as your own, please let me know so that I can appropriately cite you. I am also hoping to get some help from Silly Filly Studios and other animators to try to make this movie a reality. If you have some ideas for the music, all help is appreciated. Please keep any comments limited to constructive criticisms only. If you think I should make a change, post it in the comments either on this thread or on the google drive. I hope you enjoy. -2nd LT Jeremy Truesdell
  5. I just recently began watching MLP, and, while I am still very dubious about clippers, I have come to really enjoy the fandom. I have recently started writing a screenplay for a hypothetical MLP movie. Come and check it out at the following link: I am posting this via google drive because I am constantly making updates, and so that you can see my latest updates at your convenience. Please keep any comments limited to constructive criticisms only. If you think I should make a change, post it in the comments. I hope you enjoy. -2nd LT [uSMCav8r]
  6. in my newest one act screenplay, Harmonic "Sexiest person on Earth" Revelations, and George "Scissors" Trenton must escape the clutches of a murderer named Happymeister. It is full of amazingness, and the full thing is below. Screenplay Characters: George "Scissors" Trenton Happymeister "Homicidal" Friendlison Harmonic "The Sexiest person on Earth" Revelations Alexis "I'm Filler to add a second female character" McPointless Start: (Lights come on, exposing the set which appears to be a dirty prison, in one cell you can see George and Harmonic, outside the cell you can see Happymeister and Alexis) Harmonic: You'll never get away with this! Happymeister: O rly? Harmonic: Ya rly. Happymeister: Slap him with the fish. *Alexis pushes a button, causing a robotic hand to extend from the cell wall and slap Harmonic with a fish* Harmonic: Your meager fish technology cannot seduce me, Mrs. Prostitute McLoose *Alexis stands in stunned silence* George: Harmonic, you're so great, you're the best! Harmonic: I know, George, I know. Happymeister: I will be back to kill you later. *Happymeister and Alexis walk backstage, presumably to get it on* George: I know what to do! Harmonic: You do? Usually that's my job. George: Shut up, I'm the protagonist, you're only the deutagonist Harmonic: Really? How many more lines do I have than you? Exactly. *George lets out a heavy sigh before producing the chainsaw hidden inside of the wall panel with a poster of the Mrs. Butterworth brand of maple syrup, with the word sticky across the bottom* Harmonic: Cheese and crackers! THAT JUST MIGHT WORK! George: I know, I'm a genius. Harmonic: Yet again, that is usually my job. *George starts cutting open the cell bars* George: This is why they call me Scissors *George finishs cutting bars* George: Let's run! Harmonic: I can't. George: Why not? Harmonic: I can't run with scissors. END
  7. Hey guys what's up! Book here and I am letting these forums know what Alicorn Radio has been up to. We have recently begun taking interest in live streaming our shows and here is our first go at it. We even do a screen play of episode 3 season 2 "Less than Zero". The link is provided below if you want to check it out. Youtube livestream: http-~~-// Youtube Account: Twitter: Deviant Art group: