Here’s my word file of the tight comic book script template I use.
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.
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.
If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask.
This is a tight or full script format template, but the first page notes that 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 writing loose scripts, simply reduce the first panel slugline to “Camera” and ignore the camera declarations all together when you write… OR even better, just delete them all before you get going.
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 for both tight and loose scripts. ▪
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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