Here’s the word file I use for writing comic scripts.
It should be pretty self explanatory.
There’s probably a more efficient way of assigning keyboard commands and styles–but I don’t know them.
I typically start with a two page document then cut and paste to whatever page count I need.
Normally in my document, I just use “xxxxx” as place holders to type over. But seeing as a document filled with a bunch of x’s would be boring and possibly confusing, I’ve gone ahead and thrown some tips in the panel descriptions and left some character names in position.
At face value this would be considered a “tight” or “full” comic book script template as it includes placement for camera direction. Since I posted this template back in 2016, I personally, no longer make a distinction between tight and loose scripts.
I simply write the script.
Tight when it needs to be tight. Loose when loose is enough.
Note on the first page it states; if the word Camera is hanging alone, above a panel description, then the writer is not specifying any specific camera shot or angle.
If you prefer distinguishing between tight and loose scripts, simply reduce the first panel slugline to “Camera” and ignore the camera declarations all together when you want to write a loose script… or even better, just delete all the slugline placement holders before you get going.
All dialogue, captions and sound effects should be numbered as they appear on the page. I thought it clearer to use a bunch of ones instead of a bunch of number signs. Trying to label them consecutively as a default would just make things more confusing for you, once you start writing and cutting lines out.
UPDATE: The need for numbering dialogues/captions/sound effects seems to be depreciating over time. I tend to do it just out of habit, but unless an editor specifically requests it, you can get by without it.
If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask.
Someone requested a sample page of actual script.
There are a number of sample pages in the Working Writer’s Guide to Comics and Graphic Novels, but I’ll drop a page of a recent project below.
You’ll note the only camera declaration comes in the first panel. A perfect example of how you can use this template regardless if you’re writing tight or loose. ▪
About the Author —
Nick Macari is a full-time freelance story consultant, developmental editor and writer, working primarily in the independent gaming and comic markets. His first published comic appeared on shelves via Diamond in the late 90’s. Today you can find his comic work on comixology, amazon and in select stores around the U.S. Visit NickMacari.com for social media contacts and news on his latest releases.
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