INDUSTRIAL MEDIA, ANALYSIS AND REFLECTION 3, QUESTION 4 – Script Formatting & Layout, Cook

The article, script formatting & layout, by Cook (2007) was an interesting read. I have written scripts before and I know the layout but it was still interesting to see what other people have to say about the layout of a script. Early in the article Cook mentions two distinct reasons for a script. The first Cook mentions is to allow ‘professional readers’ (producers, directors, funding bodies) to determine whether or not the story is of high enough quality and whether it is viable enough to enter in production. The other reason Cook mentions is that it tells these professionals whether you can deliver a story in you chosen medium. Along with this it gives some indication as to the details of the project, such as the length, how many interior and exterior scenes there are. It can also help in determining the rough cost of the production. As I was reading this it interested me how much the script is actually valued. I knew that the script is the basis for the production and I knew of its importance but it still interesting to read about the importance of it from an academic.

The other point I gathered from this article was one that has been intriguing me since the first script I wrote. When writing a car scene I was never sure whether it was interior or exterior. Overall I feel either way it does not matter but I was still curious. In the article it Cook says that if it is inside a scene it should in fact be labeled as INT. I have seen some people say that it depends where the camera is, if the camera is outside the car then it is an interior scene and if the camera is outside the cart it is an exterior and to me that made sense. I have also heard, which is mentioned in the article, that you can also use INT./EXT. Overall I do not think it matters but it still interests me to see another screenwriters opinion on the topic. I do think that all of them are right and it just depends on the writers own preference.

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