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About&Scriptwriting&
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The&most&important&step&in&the&production&process&is&preparing&a&thorough&script.&&This&is&when&most&of&the&
problems&with&a&production&can&be&identified&and&resolved.&&Scriptwriting&is&the&most&time&consuming&and&least&
glamorous&part&of&production.&&However,&a&thoroughly&researche d,&w ell&written&script&is&critical&because&it&
establishes&a&clear&path&for&the&production&to&follow.&&Producing&without&a&script&is&like&building&a&house&without&
blueprints.&&&
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Scriptwriting&Style&
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The&way&that&information&is&presented&in&a&production&is&just&as&imp o rt an t&a s &th e &inf o rm a t ion &it se lf.&&A &g re at &
product&or&idea&wont&get&very&far&if&your&audience&isn ’t&recep tive&to&yo u r&style&of&pre sen tatio n.&
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Scott&Carlberg,&former&Management&Communications&Coordinator&for&Phillips&Petroleum&in&Ba rtlesville,&
Oklahoma,&described&one&of&the&most&common&problems&with&style&this&way:&&&
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& “"The"problem"I"encounter"the"most,"and"have"to"remain"aware"of"in"my"own"writing,"is"the"war"
between"the"passive"and"active"words.""It’s"particularly"prevalent"in"corporations,"where"so"many"people"write"
in"the"scie n tific "p a ss ive "vo ic e "or "th e "leg a le se "th a t"s u p p os e d ly"s o u nd s "lite ra te "a n d "kn o w le d g ea b le .""T ip-offs"to"
passive"sentences"include"such"bland"openers"as"‘There"are,’"‘In"order"that’"or"‘Following"the.’""Bland"phra ses"
are"throwaway"phrases.""Instead,"nouns"are"good"sentence"starters,"followed"by"strong"verbs.”"
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Carlberg&described&another&common&problem&–&vague&language.&&Be"exact.""Don’t"use"he"if"you"mean"Robert"or"
the"baker.""Don ’t"say"m a ny"if"you"mean"500"or"10,000.""a"clue"inexact"language"is"the"use"of"‘buzzwords.’""Look"
for"the"suffix"-ize ,"-ion,"-ance,"-ate,"or"-al"to"find"a"word"that"can"be"more"precise"and"less"bureaucratic.""‘Utilize’"
might"become"use.""‘Practice"delegation’"becomes"delegate.”&
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When&writing&a&script,&use&everyday&words.&&Don’t&just&tell&your&audience&something,&communicate&with&them.&&
Keep&it&simple,&one&idea&per&sentence.&&If&your&script&contains&a&technical&term,&explain&it.&&Communicate.&&Let&
the&visuals&com m un icate .&&Narration&may&not&always&be&necessary.&
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Some&scriptwriters&tend&to&forget&that&the&narration&will&be&heard,&not&read,&by&the&audience.&&According&to&
Carlberg,&“Supervisors"may"deplore"the"use"of"fragments.""I"don’t,"if"incomplete"sentences"are"used"judiciously .""
We"speak"in"fragments"and"think"in"fragments.""I"view"incomplete"sentences"as"snippets"of"word"punctuation’"
in"a"who le "th o u g h t.""T h e y"a d d "a "n a tu ra l"q u alit y "to "so me"print "w rit ing "a n d "most"scrip t s.”&
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Some&script&writers&and&many&script&readers&consider&the&narration&to&be&the&only&important&part&of&the&script.&&
This&is&wrong.&&The&visual&portion&of&a&script&deserves&at&least&as&much&attention&as&the&audio.&&Catherine&DeVine,&
a&free-lance&scriptwriter&in&North&Carolina&said,&“Some"scripts"I"see"have"no"visuals.""It’s"up"to"the"director"or"
producer"to"put"something"on"the"screen.""That’s"not"the"way"it"should"work.""A"scriptwriter"who"writes"only"
audio"is"probably"handling"only"half"the"job.""If"the"writer"has"done"the"research,"then"the"writer"is"probably"the"
best"person"to"add"the"video"column"to"the"script.”&&Some&producers&even&suggest&writing&the&visual&column&
first.&&This&forces&the&scrip t&to&co m m u nica te&vis ua lly&and &pre ven ts&th e&w riter&from&relying&on&the &au dio &to&carry &
the&message .&&&
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