Script Formatting

Script Formatting

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Writing in the correct format is essential both for production and professionalism. While SCREENPLAY and SITCOM formats are the strictest, STAGE and AUDIO plays have some variations. We've done our best to adhere to what most would agree is a true standard for each format. Scripped's script editing tool automatically formats the document you are creating to a standard layout This is achieved by formatting the basic ELEMENTS of a script, like SCENE HEADINGS and DIALOGUE. This saves you a ton of work. No more re-aligning every single sentence in an attempt to re-produce this format in your typical word processing software. We've done most of the work for you. The rest is up to you!


Feature films, short films, television drama: this is the most recognizable script format and the one with which most of you are probably familiar. Learn more about the Screenplay Elements.


Sitcom is similar to screenplay in both style and the standardization. Sitcom format is also known as the "multi-camera" format, since most sitcoms are filmed on a set with multiple cameras covering all the action. Learn more about the Sitcom Elements.


There are many variations on the proper format for playwriting, and we have modeled our stage play after multiple sources. We've also included the traditional pages for a scene synopsis and cast of characters. Learn more about the Stage Play Elements.


With the recent resurgence of the medium through podcasting, we've had many requests to include this script format which is based on the old radio drama scripts that organized elements into a series of sound cues. Learn more about the Audio Play Elements.


The script style for comics often varies for each writer/artist team. Some writers like Alan Moore use the "plot-art-dialogue" method, very prose-like. But most writers employ a "full script" for their work. Scripts are broken into "Pages" which are typically broken into "Panels", but from there you are free to do anything. Learn more about the Comic Book Elements.


As a complement to our standardized script formats, you can also write in an unformatted text document. There are more font options available in General Format than there are in the script formats, like multiple fonts, sizes, colors, etc. Unlike the script formats, you cannot change a General Format document into another format. Learn more about the General Format Elements.
There are essentially two ways to format any given line. One is automatic and the other is manual. The automatic formatting is achieved when you press TAB or ENTER after writing a line. This will set up the next line as a new element -- an element which would typically follow the previous one. For example, after writing a character's name, you would then write either dialogue or a parenthetical. Thus the TAB and ENTER shortcuts would give you those two options.

Or you can manually alter the element of a line by selecting the line and choosing from the DROP-DOWN MENU in the toolbar.

What if you want to start writing a script but aren't sure how you'd like it produced? What medium best suits your story? A sitcom or short film? On stage or a podcast? With Scripped, you can decide the format later. The script editor allows you to SWAP FORMATS any time you want. Go to the "Details" page of your script and find the menu labeled "Format". Try it for fun and see what your screenplay looks like on stage! Naturally, elements specific to a particular format won't fit in other formats. For example, you would not have SHOT in an AUDIO PLAY. But the text carries over to the closest element, so you don't lose any text when swapping.