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- INTRODUCTION PAGE 3-4

- WRITING FOR FILM AND WHY
DOCUMENTARIES ARE DIFFERENT PAGE 5-7

- SHORT INTRODUCTION TO DOCUMENTARY STYLES PAGE 8-9

- RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH: YOU
CAN’T SAY IT ENOUGH! PAGE 10-15

- ESSENTIAL SCRIPT ELEMENTS PAGE 16-37

- PUTTING A SCRIPT TOGETHER PAGE 38-46

- WRITING A GREAT SCRIPT PAGE 47-50

- SCRIPT FORMAT PAGE 51

- REFERENCES PAGE 52

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ROB

I think about him all the
time. His memory follows
me around like my shadow.

Sometimes I see a
movement in the side of my
eye, but when I turn around,
there’s nothing there.

It’s driving me crazy.








SUE

I do try and get out as much
as possible. The more I sit
at home, the more I think
about what happened.

But there’s no escaping the
memories. I carry them with
me. I feel guilty if I don’t
think about him constantly.

E=9GBA9




INT: Rob’s living room

Rob walks to the window
and looks out. Then he
moves to the sofa and tries
to read a book.

Rob looks up from his book
and his eyes move around
the room.

CU of Rob’s eyes.

Rob closes his eyes.


Dissolve to:


EXT: Bench in park

CU of Sue’s eyes.

Sue looks around her as she
sits on the park bench.



Sue opens her purse and
takes out her wallet. She
looks at a picture of herself
standing with a man.

She closes the wallet and
puts it back in her purse.



/;G>P






Continuous Ambiance


FX : Echoing footsteps on

floor

MUSIC: Faint note of string

instrument.





FX : Echoing sigh








Continuous Park Ambiance





INT : Indoors
EXT : Outdoors

Sequence
Location

Rob’s
Voice

Close up

WS = wide shot
LS = long shot
MS = mid shot
CU = close up
ECU = extreme
close up

Sound effect

Sequence Transition

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- James Monaco. “How to read a film: Movies, Media, Multimedia”
Oxford University Press (2000) 3rd Edition. USA.


- Sheila Curran Bernard. “Documentary Storytelling for Video and Filmmakers”
Focal Press Publications (2004). USA

- Syd Field. “Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting”
Dell Publishing (1994) 3rd Edition. USA

- Dwight V. Swain with Joye R. Swain. “Scriptwriting; A Practical Manual”
Focal Press Publications (1988). USA

- Robert McKee. “Story; Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of

Screenwriting”
Harper Collins Publishers (1997). USA.

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