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The Scriptwriters' Toolkit

(Version 5)

produced by

Bill Williams

(website last updated 7 March 2016)

The Tookit is a set of 
fourteen MS Word templates
for writing Screenplays, Stageplays
and Radio Plays. It includes the
six formats preferred by the BBC.

As used by
Laurence Marks & Maurice Gran

In the past the main outlet for such scripts was submission to BBC & TV companies and to Film Producers, nowadays the brilliant technology of DV camcorders and affordable home computer video editing software means that these templates are ideal for amateur films producers too.

The current version works with for Microsoft Word 2000, Word XP Word 2003, Word 2007 and Word 2010 for Windows, not for Apple Mac. 

It is  available here. One of the templates is available below, free of charge, for you to try out or use; it is the template for a modern style Stage script for the UK. The free template is ideal for use in stage productions ar schools..

The full set of Version 5 includes: Hollywood Film format, UK Studio Format, Radio and Stage plays together with six formats for the BBC as formerly described in the BBC Writers Room.

For more information, example scripts and a free sample template continue scrolling down this page, then come back here.

If you don't have a Serial Number yet, please type OBTAIN in the box and press GO

To DOWNLOAD the Toolkit type your Serial Number in the box and press GO
Versions of these Script Templates have been in use for around 10 to 12 years and have been used for Birds-of-a-Feather, Goodnight SweetHeart, Love Hurts, Unfinished Business, Mosley and other successful productions.
This is released as SUCCESS-WARE, you don't have to pay significant sums until you have success in selling your first significant script, or make a significant profit from your own production(s). Then it is an honor system: pay if you feel it really helped you.
INDEX:

Introduction
Documentation
Obtain
Sample Template
Features
Support
Older Versions
Brief Descriptions:

Hollywood Film
BBC Film
BBC Drama
BBC Sitcom
BBC Stage
BBC Radio Drama
BBC Radio Sketch
Private Films
Script Development Cards
General Studio Sitcom
Traditional Radio
Three UK Stage Formats

DOCUMENTATION

Tutorial Videos

for installing and using the Toolkit
on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7
with Word 2002/2003
or with Word2007/2010
are listed:

HERE

Watch the videos. Don't guess how to install the toolkit!

SAMPLES

Sample Template
Click it to download (FREE) 61 Kbytes

Example of Script being worked
30 Kbyte PDF

Example of Submission script
25 Kbyte PDF

SAMPLE TEMPLATE: STAGE5C

A  style for stage scripts, with the dialogue indented by roughly a third of the page width, and the Character Names right justified within the left third of the page. Act and Scene headings are centred, Stage directions in italic fill only the right two thirds of the page. A second style for stage directions is right justified for Exits & Entries. The STAGE5C.ZIP file also includes a part written script for you to practice editing.

FEATURES

All of the templates have the following features in common.

Designed for rapid typing:

The names of the first twenty main characters are kept in an internal rapid access table; as you finish typing the dialogue of one character, you press the key-combination of the next character and the computer inserts the relevant name, sets the formatting and is ready for new dialogue.

The normal features of Microsoft Word are still all available, should you need to deviate from a normal format, but you probably will never need to.
Consistent Keystrokes:

Unlike some other templates systems, the keystrokes do not vary dependent upon the type of script that you are making. You use basically the same set of special keystrokes, whether you are typing a film, or a sitcom, or a play or a radio script. So once you have learened to use one template, such as the free sample, you have learned them all.
Paragraph styles:

All the relevant layout styles are immediately available by key-combination, toolbar or dropdown menu; whichever suits you best.
Headers and Footers:

Title and page numbers are provided automatically,but you can easily remove them if your procucer dislikes headers. Act and Scene numbers are automatic in most cases.
Production Script:

During your writing phase, the layout is coloured for easy perception. When the script is ready for submision a menu command converts it to all black for printing and removes the macros and crib-sheet to avoid macro security warnings at the production company.
MS Word features:

Unlike some over-enthusiastic scripting templates, the underlying features of Word are not disabled. They are available if needed for unusual situations, such as Autotext, a short sequence of keystrokes can substitute a long frequently used text string .
Non-printing notes:

There is a facility for including non-printing notes in your script; these notes are displayed in grey font.
Version 5 of the templates (the current version) works with all versions of Microsoft Word from  
2000 through 2010,  i.e Word 2000 and Word XP(2002) Word 2003, Word 2007 and Word 2010, but must be installed correctly.

See the link above to the Video Tutorials.

I regret there are no versions for the Apple Mac

The six script formats preferred by the BBC are not in the older versions, they are only in Version 5. Scroll to the bottom of this page for the older versions which are completely free.

BRIEF DESCRIPTIONS

of each template.

Hollywood5_USLtr.dot and  Hollywood5_A4.dot

The Hollywood5 template produces scripts in courier font and conforming to current information of the Hollywood fashion in film scripts.  I  chose to put a page number in the top right corner with the Screenplay title in the top left corner both in smaller letters than the main script. Either addition can easily be omitted from the final print.

Hollywood's style in film scripts migrates slowly from year to year, probably to distinguish the in-crowd from the newcomers. This version matches the format originally recommended by Bill Craig on his website, but now no longer there.

These templates are preset for the two sizes of paper A4 and US Letter. The only differences are in the margin settings and are arranged in both cases so that the active area in the centre of the page is 6 inches by 9 inches. So if you use the template appropriate to your paper size you should get exactly the same quantity of script on the page in both cases. Set to traditional Courier 10 font, this gives the format that producers believe will give on average one minute of finished film per page of script.
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Example: [ The Bulge by Bill Williams ]
BBC_Film5.dot

BBC_Film5 produces a  script in the format favoured by the BBC for films and single TV dramas. It is broadly similar to the Hollywood Film format. The template also contains the paragraph styles for adding the Act headings to create the BBC "Screenplay Format for TV Shows" formerly mentioned on the BBC writers room web site

Example:

A Work-In-Progress Format:

[Wall of Silence by Laurence Marks & Maurice Gran ]

Its final Submission Format:

[Wall of Silence by Laurence Marks & Maurice Gran ]
BBC_Drama5.dot

This template produces the BBC Taped Drama format. The font is Arial,  Character names appear in Bold Caps, Underlined left justified over the dialogue, which is single-spaced. Stage directions are bold, capitals, single spaced and offset to the right of the dialogue. There is a wide left margin to provide space for the production teams.

BBC_Sitcom5.dot

This template produces the BBC Taped Sitcom format. The font is Arial,  Character names appear in Bold Caps, Underlined left justified over the dialogue, which is double-spaced. Stage directions are Bold, Capitals, single spaced and offset to the right of the dialogue. There is a wide left margin to provide space for the production teams.

Example:[Our American Cousin by Tom Taylor ]

BBC_Stage5.dot

This template produces a UK stage format as suggested by some BBC staff. Character names are left justified in the left column and in-line with the first line of dialogue. Stage directions are in All Capitals and set off to the right from the dialogue. The font is Courier.

BBC_RadioDrama5.dot

This template produces the BBC Radio Format (Scene Style), used for drama and non-audience comedy. Character names are bold capitals left justified in the left column and on the same line as the first line of dialogue. Sound directions, produced by CTRL+SHIFT+V, are bold capitals underlined and offset to the right from the dialogue.

Examples:
[Pigeon Kind by Sally Ann Farmer ]
[The House of Teeth by Spike Milligan ]
A Goon Show script
BBC_RadioSketch5.dot

This template produces the BBC Radio Format (Cue Style), used for sketches and recordings with an audience. Approximately the same as the radio drama format it adds undelined cue lines for F/X and GRAMS and identifies the sketch and author on every page.

Example:
[Foiled by President Fred by Spike Milligan ]
A Goon Show script. 
PrivateFilm5.dot

PrivateFilm5 produces a compact film script for private productions where the producer & director are not worried about the rule-of-thumb that one page produces one minute of film or video. So this format uses arial font which is easier to read than courier font and uses less paper. In other respects e.g. centering and margins etc it is similar to Hollywood Film format, but it is amazing how different it looks with such a small change .

Example:
[The Bulge by Bill Williams ]

ScriptDevCards.dot

ScriptDevCards is a very simple template, which you can use to print out blank script development 'cards'. These are a handy tool for getting your thoughts in order before and during the writing of a script.
Example:
[
Blank Development Cards ]

Studio5.dot

Studio5 produces a UK SitCom type script, as used with studio audiences. The character names in bold capitals on a line alone, followed by dialogue on the right half of the page, double spaced. Stage directions are in Capitals in the right half, but both left & right justified. Scene headings are bold full width. It is similar to the BBC sitcom format above but has wider left margins.

Example:
[Believe Nothing Episode 5 by Marks & Gran ]

Radio5.dot

Radio5 produces a sound script, which matches the original specification issued by BBC Radio 4. (A useful format, but no longer exactly the same as that in use by the BBC now; replacment BBC formats are available  above). Character names are bold upper+lower case in the left quarter of the page, dialogue in courier font occupies three quarters of the page width, and sound effects are bold small caps and underlined, occupying the right half of the page.

Original Radio plays didnít have scenes, so there is just a bold START and END heading for the whole play. The template includes an automatic cast list and a place for typing your synopsis.
Stage5A.dot

There appears to be no definitive standards for stage scripts, whatever looks nice seems to be suitable, so I have supplied 3 variations suitable for UK stage productions. USA Stage scripts tend to be in similar format to Hollywood Films, so stageplay writers in the USA should use one of those above. A USA stage format will probably be added to this set later.  

All of the stage templates include an automatic cast of characters page. This template (Stage5a) produces a stage script roughly like the compact scripts used to publish books like "The Complete Works of Shakespeare". Scene headings and stage directions are centred and dialogue is against the left margin, with Character Names in bold Upper+Lower case.

Example:

[The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare ]


Stage5B.dot

A second style for stage scripts, with the dialogue indented by roughly a third of the page width, and the Character Names left justified with just a small indent. Act headings are centred, Scene headings left justified. Stage directions are italic and full page width. A second style for stage directions is right justified for Exits & Entries.


Stage5C.dot

This is similar to stage5b except that the character names are right justified within the left third of the page, to make them match more easily to the first line of dialogue. Scene Headings are centred and Stage directions in italic fill only the right two thirds of the page. Automatic numbering of Acts and Scenes are provided.

Example:
[The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare ]
[The Adding Machine by Elmer Rice ]
[The Adding Machine by Elmer Rice
(production type)]

GETTING VERSION 5

A sample template can be downloaded above.

If you don't have a Serial Number yet, please type OBTAIN in the box and press GO

To DOWNLOAD the Toolkit
type your Serial Number
in the box and press GO

OLDER VERSIONS

For the older versions of the templates, for Word 2,  Word 6, 7, 8, Office 95 and Office97

CLICK HERE

Produced by

Bill Williams Bill Williams(IT),
252 Colney Hatch Lane, London, N10 1BD, UK

Tel: 020-8444-6706
eMail: toolkit @ datahighways.co.uk

Please visit the Script Writers Toolkit section of my Support Site , before eMailing or phoning, the answer to your problem may be already listed.