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Television and Field Reporting, 6th Edition by John DeTarsio, John Larson, Fred Shook

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Video Script Formats

Luan Akin

 

 

Most organizations use script-formatting software. Competing software programs may produce slightly different formats, but if people writing the scripts draw from a common pool of abbreviations and phrases, the differences won’t matter. The various terms will be synonymous, and anyone familiar with those terms in general will understand the script.

The following scripts represent the various ways stories can be formatted, even on a word processor or a personal computer with a script template, or a program such as Final Draft AV®. They’re not meant to be seen as the only way each type of story should be laid out, nor do the techniques apply to television alone. Most of us now have greater access ...

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