StoryGuide: Writing Your Script



you're getting ready to create your video and you're not even sure if you need to write stuff down hi my name is drew Keller and I'm here to tell you your video will always be better if you create a script in this episode I'm not only going to show you how to get started but I'm going to give you some different examples templates that you can use for creating your script so what do I mean by script well a script can be as simple as writing all your ideas down on sticky notes and taping them next to the camera perhaps you've got a presentation that you've worked on and you've got all the bullet points and you're going to use that to stay on track you may find it helpful to go through and write your script out word-for-word the downside is it's going to require a lot of memorization unless you're using it to describe the action a pre-recorded footage a voiceover so how do you get started well I'm going to give you some tips for breaking through writer's block in a moment but first let's talk about the mechanics of script writing when I write a script I go through and I first gather everything I know about the topic I'm gonna put it all in one place I'm gonna try to figure out well what documents can I refer to and I write down all of my thoughts I'm gonna note all of my visual ideas I'm gonna go through and I'm gonna organize all the parts to create my outline you'll find there are a lot of different formats that you can use for actually writing your script you're probably going to end up experimenting to figure out what works best for you for me I use a two-column format where I start writing out my script in the right-hand column eventually I'm going to use the left column for notes about the visuals but for now I usually keep it blank I put each paragraph into a separate row and I try to keep each paragraph a separate and discrete idea having each idea in a separate module well that allows me to modify and cut down my content that way I can easily move the parts around once I get further along in the process once I have the dialogue cut down to its essence I'm going to begin to fill in the visual descriptions in the left hand side with things like building exteriors and graphics for many of my videos I script out every word here's an example from the video I made about shooting with small cameras when shooting with the flip it's best to remember this entre embraced the limitations you want to zoom forget about it walk closer to your subject zoom with your feet but don't get too close the cameras macro function is non-existent if you're just getting started and you're having a hard time trying to figure out how all these shots fit together well this script might just be the ticket because it not only has columns for visual information and dialogue it also has simple illustrations to help you pre-visualize your story it's nothing more than simple clipart used to help you think about how you want to frame your shots here I've created a document that I can use as a template with the table for the script already laid out and a gallery of shots that I can use at the bottom of the page so no matter which format you choose bullet list post-it note Illustrated not Illustrated this process of scripting is going to help you go through and define the point of your story heck it might even help you to figure out that you need a different point of the story the problem can be getting started writer's block so here a couple of tips to maybe help you get over that hurdle number one give yourself permission to fail I know if that sounds a little harsh but it has to say that your rough draft isn't gonna be perfect your final draft may not even be perfect and it takes some doing just to get started in the process so give yourself permission to just get started nobody's going to be giving you a grade the second thing is leverage the work that you've already done emails that you may have written presentations you may have given correspondence articles all of these things are going to help you to figure out what the meet and tone of your story needs to be 3 even if your ad libbing write everything out first it's going to help you to focus your thoughts and your ideas which leads us to the next point much that is keep it singularly focused don't let it wander all over the place by keeping a singularly focused your audience is going to stay with you and last keep it short what's short well that's going to be determined by the work you did before you even started this and figuring out the need for the video and who the if you know those two things you're gonna have a really clear idea of whether it should be 30 seconds long five minutes or 20 minutes you see there really are no rules to this process and only you can figure out what's going to work best for you

8 Replies to “StoryGuide: Writing Your Script”

  1. I really love your way of explaining things. So smooth, so calm, so easy to understand. Thanks a lot for the good work. Kindest regards, Svenja from Germany

  2. Wow Mike, that is great news! I appreciate the feedback I love that it has helped. I am lucky that many people have shared insights and feedback with me over the years that has improved my work. I like the idea of paying it forward as others have done for me. Keep up the great work.

  3. Thank you. I've been an accomplished stills photographer for years, now making the transition to video. Everybody makes videos about the technology, few make videos about how to create a video that engages. As a direct result of your content, I'm seeing the engagement with my videos on YouTube going up with every new video I make – thank you!

  4. Have just come across your channel and it's so informative, very well presented videos, you are very good. Thank you.

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