Purpose: To learn how to type up a real script.
Basis: Many short films do not require, or would even benefit from, a properly formatted script. However, writing in script format is good practice for future, bigger, "real" films. The Script Format was designed to give you a good estimation of how long your film will be (one minute per page) and make it easy to see the different parts of your film.
Directions: Use the notecards from Assignment 6: It's All in the Cards to write your script. Each card will become one scene in your movie. Use the Script Template file to help you get the proper spacing. Remember to capitalize the name of a character when they are first introduced (e.g. LUKE HOLZMANN) and also props or locations that are important (e.g. ROPE or LIBRARY). If you are unsure about how to do something, check out the sample scripts, google it, and if you’re still stuck, post your question.
Once your script is finished, gather up the props you'll need and talk with your sister and dad, I mean, your actors about when they may be available to film the week after next. If you don't have a dedicated cast yet, start looking for them.
Looking Forward: You'll pick up a camera again soon. ...but not quite yet.
What to Watch: "Audition Scene" from Kiss Kiss Bang Bang [R] Incredibly inappropriate movie, but this scene is a fine introduction to "Method Acting."
View Sample: Assignment 7 Example