ZACH ON FILM: Zach’s Script

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This week, Zach gets a schooling on the history of script formats and how one lead to the rise of the Studio System.

 

Scenario Format Example: A Trip to the Moon (1902)

  1. The Scientific Congress at the Astronomic Club.
  2. Planning the Trip. Appointing the Explorers and Servants. Farewell.
  3. The Workshops Constructing the Projectile.
  4. The Foundries. The Chimney-stack. The Casting of the Monster Gun/Cannon.
  5. The Astronomers-Scientists Enter the Shell.
  6. Loading the Gun.
  7. The Monster Gun. March Past the Gunners. Fire!!! Saluting the Flag.


Master Scene Format Example: The Great Train Robbery (1903)

1 INTERIOR OF RAILROAD TELEGRAPH OFFICE.

Two masked robbers enter and compel the operator to get the “signal block” to stop the approaching train, and make him write a fictitious order to the engineer to take water at this station, instead of “Red Lodge,” the regular watering stop. The train comes to a standstill (seen through window of office); the conductor comes to the window, and the frightened operator delivers the order while the bandits crouch out of sight, at the same time keeping him covered with their revolvers. As soon as the conductor leaves, they fall upon the operator, bind and gag him, and hastily depart to catch the moving train.

Great Train Robbery Script

Master Scene Script Example: The Godfather (1972)

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Scriptwriting Software Links

Final Draft
Movie Magic Screenwriter
Montage
Celtx

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