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Basic Video Production

A guide to script-writing, storyboarding, recording and editing video, and video production software.

Tips for Writing Your Script

It's important to create a good script, one that works well with your video and doesn't overwhelm the viewer with words.  Listed below are some tips to keep in mind when writing scripts.

Content

  • Be consistent in using pronouns and verb tenses.
  • Have an introduction and closing.
  • Your tone (both in speaking and writing) should be conversational.
  • Make sure that the script reflects your personality. 
  • Use contractions, another way of keeping your script conversational.
  • Edit, edit, edit!  Question everything you write:  Is this essential?  Could it be cut and still be clear?
  • As you write your script, be sure to note what is happening on the screen.

Process

  • Read the script out loud before you record it to make sure that it flows well.
  • Have someone else review the script.
  • When recording, it's best to not stray from what you've written.

Format

  • Keep each page of the script equal to about one minute of content.
  • Use a large, easy-to-read font like 14 pt. Times Roman.

Script Writing Tips and Tools

You can simply write your script in Word or Google docs, using a simple two column layout with your narrative in one column and your visuals/shot list in the other. However, if you're doing a larger project and want to get fancier, here are some other tools.