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The Hottest Script in Town

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pan narrans

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Today I started writing a few scripts for my project, including the games intro. I've written a few simple scripts before, but had never really looked into how it is done by the professionals. After browsing through a few online film scripts (including Three Kings, Clockwork Orange and The Fifth Element) I came up with a few script conventions I'll share here.
  • -- = marks screen and camera changes
  • INT. = interior environment
  • EXT. = exterior environment
  • O.S = off-screen
Not the most extensive list but that's all I've needed so far. Without any further drivel here is a short section of my script as an example (I'll do my best to preserve the formatting):
-- FADE IN --
EXT. CITY DUMP - DAY
You lie still, unable to move, as two men stand looking at you.
-- FADE OUT AND IN AGAIN --
CIVILIAN 1
I think I've got some cognitive functions working,
but I can't seem to repair the motor skills.
CIVILIAN 2
I'm not staying here for long! How heavy are these
things? Could we carry it?
-- FADE OUT --
CIVILIAN 1
I'm not sure, here give me a...
He is cut off amid O.S sounds: struggling noises and screams.
-- FADE IN --
The civilians are gone. Body parts lay strewn around you and
bloody trails lead away from where the civilians were.
-- FADE OUT --
O.S sounds: a squeaky chattering noise builds to a frenzied climax.
That may seem like an excessive number of fades, but the idea is that your vision isn't functioning very well.

I hope you find that little taster interesting [smile]
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