Typing a Script in the Movieskits.com Script Editor



Writing A Script (3 Minutes long)

Using Fountain Script Markup in the Script Editor on MovieSkits.com



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Movie Skits Script Editor is based on the Fountain plain text markup language for screenwriting. By following Fountain's easy syntax(see our help section in the Script Editor or visit fountain.io), as you type in the Script Editor on the left, you'll see your script formatted in the standard Hollywood movie script format in the Preview on the right.

Soon you'll be able to Publish for others to use your script, but this feature is not ready yet. But by Saving the script, you can use it for your own Private production with it's Shot List in the Movie Skits Director App. After it’s complete, just go to My Scripts in the app and select Make.

TITLE SETUP

Click the 'Write Scripts' button at the top, then add a title and synopsis by clicking the 'Title Page Setup'.

Please note that for purposes of the script showing up on the Movie Skits web site and app, you need to use the 'Title Page Setup' button, and not just add it manually in the script in the Script Editor. You should also type in a Synopsis, or short desciption of your script, using the Title Page Setup. Typing your title in the Title Page Setup form will add it to the script text automatically.

FOUNTAIN TYPING BASICS (see illustration at bottom)

The core Fountain syntax you need to type scripts for skits on Movie Skits involves knowing how to perform the following four easy tasks with fountain:

  1. How to type a slugline
  2. How to type an Action
  3. How to show the name of the Character who is speaking
  4. How to add Parentheticals for that speaking character
  5. How to show the Dialogue

You’d do fine just knowing how to format those 5 things and they are explained as follows.

(see Fountain Basics illustration at bottom)

SLUGLINE

To type a slugline, use all caps and start with one of the following INT, EXT, EST, INT./EXT., or I/E, followed by a period, then by the location, then a dash, and then the time of day, like this:

INT. THE MALL - NIGHT or EXT. CITY HALL - MORNING

Sluglines need to have a blank line before. Sluglines represent a new scene, so if your script for a skit has multiple scenes, a drop down Table of Contents based on the Sluglines will show by clicking the hamburger menu button in the upper left corner of the Script Editor.

ACTION

To type type an Action, just type text in any format not like the other elements.

CHARACTER NAME

To show the character who is speaking, type the character name in all caps, alone on its own line with an empty line before it, and with the dialogue or parenthetical on the line immediately following.

PARENTHETICAL

A single word or two of descriptive text in parenthesis following either a character name and before the dialogue is a parenthetical.

CHARACTER's DIALOGUE

Dialogue is text the follows the character name (or immediately after the parenthetical if there is one). There should be no line break before it.

If you want line breaks to appear within your Dialogue, put a blank line with a single space in it between lines of text.

Remember to save your work. You must add a title and synopsis on the Title Page Setup in order to save it and you must save it first in order to publish it. The Publish feature, that will allow you to publish your script for others to Make using our app, will be available later.

CHARACTER SETUP FOR ASSIGNING ROLES

You need to have the script written and to save it before you can set up character descriptions for the app. You set up character descriptions for use in the app, to help users decide who will play what part when choosing a script and to use the Assign Roles feature in the Make section of the Movie Skits Director App

Click the 'Character Descriptions' button. Then click the 'Add New Character' button. If you've already typed in your script, any character with Dialogue will show up in the 'Select A Character' drop down list. Select a Character from the list, then fill in the Character Description, Age Range, and Gender.