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Mental Health PSA: Scriptwriting and Filming

Scriptwriting Tips

Scriptwriting Tips

1. Scripts are meant to be heard - not read.
2. Start by telling the story aloud.
3. Let the images do some of the talking.
4. Pauses are natural and effective.
5. Dangling phrases are part of speaking.
6. Consider all of the story elements - the images, sound effects, music, narration, dialogue, and text slides

The Script Process

1. Develop the creative treatment - let it ferment.
2. Research the topic.
3. Start by telling the story aloud.
4. Write the first draft.
5. Identify the images.
6. Revise the script.
7. Add music and sound effect components.

FROM Matt Dancho, A Digital Story, 2017

Filming Tips

Tips for Filming and Taking Photos for PSA: 

  • Identify the shots that you need

  • Create a shot lists and always should extras

  • Shoot in horizontal format

  • Vary the types of shots

    • Long Shots versus short, etc