UPDATE: For a complete collection of script templates, story outlines and content grids, visit the StoryGuide download page: storyguide.net/pages/ScriptTemplateDownload
Abbey, a viewer on the StoryGuide YouTube channel, asked if I had posted examples and templates for the different script formats I use. What a great idea and something I should have done long ago. Thank you Abbey for the heads up.
I use two different formats, two-column and five-column, depending on who will be using the scripts. If the script is for internal use at StoryGuide, or if I will be working with an experienced crew and/or client then I use the simpler two-column format. They understand much of the shorthand nomenclature in the video column and can imagine what the shots will look like.
If the people I am working with are new to video, or if they need some help pre-visualizing how I plan to tell the story, then I use a five-column storyboard-style script. This format allows the reader to see the visuals in line with the content, and has room to add script notes.
There are lots of great storyboard and scripting software solutions out there, but I stick with simple clip-art in a Word table. This production path has the added benefit that my clients can revise the story content without needing special software. They just open it in the word processing application, make the changes and send it back.
Below you can see examples of how I use the different script formats, and you can download Word documents you can use as a starting point for your scripting needs. The example scripts include links to the resulting YouTube videos so you can follow along.
|Two Column Script Example – Getting Great Audio in the Field pdf|
|Two Column Script Example – Using Music in Your Story pdf|
|Two Column Script template – Word Document|
|Five Column Script Example – pdf|
|Five Column Script template – Word Document|
|Success Template – Word Document|
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