Join Rick Allen Lippert for an in-depth discussion in this video How to use the exercise files, part of Video Script Writing.
- [Instructor] If you are a premium member you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. Once you download them, open up the folder. Let's first look at chapter three. Here are some files that we'll direct you to use at the appropriate time. In chapter two are some files that I've created that we'll be using to create the templates that we'll use throughout the rest of the course. Let's install these. I've created them for both Word and Pages, a 2-column Script and an Informational Video Script.
I also have some raw text that we'll use when we create the informational script in Google Docs. Let's install the templates. Start with the 2-column Script for Word, double click on it. That opens up. It shows you the title page and it has the template that you use for the 2-column Script. Let's save this as a template. It automatically puts it into the right folder and in the right format and it has the name of the file, so just click Save.
Now, if you're on a Windows computer, you already know there's no Save As Template option in the File menu. You'll need to select Save As and then save the document as a .dotx file inside the custom Office templates inside your Documents folder. So, navigate to your Documents folder, open up Custom Office Templates and save your template file there. Let's close this and confirm that we do have our file in the template.
Click on File, New From Template. Now we have in our template chooser this tab called Personal. When you click on that, now you see the 2-column Script. So, we'll close this and we'll double click on the Informational Script Word file and here is the template that I've created for the Informational Video Script. It's really a modified screen play and it has all of the elements that you'll need for your writing. File, Save As Template, enter the Templates folder with the right name, click on Save.
So again, if you're on a Windows computer, there is no Save As Template option, you'll need to do the Save As drill that we did before. Save As from the File menu, name it with a .dotx file and then put it in your custom Office templates inside your Documents folder. And close that, we can confirm that one more time and there is our Informational Video Script. Now, if you're using Apple Pages, it's just as easy.
Let's double click on the 2-column Script in Pages, here's the title page and the script template. Go to File, come down to Save As Template. Yes, you want to add it to the template chooser and there it is with the right name. So, we can just click on that. We can cancel this, close that and open up the Informational Script Pages file and this is the same template that I created in Word and again, File, Save As Template, add it to the template chooser and just click on it and there it is.
You're good to go. Now, if you're not a premium subscriber, you don't have access to these exercise files but you can follow along from scratch with your own assets.
- Establishing the goals and purpose of an informational video
- Understanding the modes of persuasion
- Setting up two-column scripts
- Using script templates
- Analyzing the audience
- Creating an outline
- Writing the first draft
- Finalizing the script
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 04/10/2018. What changed?
A: We revised the videos on setting up two-column scripts in Microsoft Word and Apple Pages, and added new videos that show how to perform the same task in Google Docs.