What Is A Scriptment? by Erik Bork

Film Courage: What is a scriptment?

Erik Bork, Author/Screenwriter: A scriptment is kind of a word for something that is somewhere between a script and a treatment that some writers like to use that I kind of recommended in a blog at one point which is document where traditionally an outline or a treatment which are sometimes used to mean the same thing is a scene-by-scene description of everything that happens in a script. It doesn’t have the dialogue yet, it doesn’t have the actual:

INT. Movie Studio Offices — Day

So-and-so is sitting behind their desk.

It doesn’t have all of that. It’s just saying in this scene the hero talks to the studio chief and they fight about his salary on the movie or whatever.

You’re just describing the basic content, basic conflict of a scene in a treatment or an outline. Whereas a script obviously you’re scripting it all out.

The idea of a scriptment is an in-between document that is sort of longer than a treatment or an outline but shorter than a script where you go a bit further to figure out the details of what happens in the scene. Maybe you even have some snippets of dialogue.

What I’ve found is when I have an outline where in this scene these two…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

 

About : Erik Bork is a screenwriter best known for his work on the HBO miniseries BAND OF BROTHERS and FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON, for which he wrote multiple episodes, and won two Emmy and two Golden Globe Awards as part of the producing team. Erik has also sold series pitches (and written pilots) at NBC and FOX, worked on the writing staff for two primetime dramas, and written feature screenplays on assignment for companies like Universal, HBO, TNT, and Playtone. He teaches screenwriting for UCLA Extension, National University and The Writers Store, and offers one-on-one consulting to writers.

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