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I have listened to many a Radio Play, but almost never seen a script for one.

I've seen two distinct layout types, and can't come to a conclusion as to which is better.

There's:
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AGATHA; We’ve got to save Othar!
KROSP; We do?
AGATHA; Of course we do! He has no idea that he’s walking into a trap! If we don’t save him, he might be killed!
KROSP; …Is this one of those situations that involve ‘ethics’? ‘Cause I’m a cat, you know. I’ve never been very good at those.
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where the text follows right after the name of the speaker

and then there's:
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1. MACBETH:        That will never be. Who can impress the forest?
                               Yet my heart throbs to know one thing. Tell me,
                               if your art can tell so much, - shall Banquo’s issue
                               ever reign in this kingdom?

2. SOUND:             THUNDER (2X).


3. MUSIC:               WEIRD MUSIC-UP. DUCK FOR VOICES.


4. ALL WITCHES:   Seek to know no more.

5. MACBETH:          I will be satisfied. Deny me this, and an eternal
                                 curse fall on you! Let me know!
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where the text is grouped into its own column.

Opinions?

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bedii
May. 10th, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC)
O.K., it's time to go to the experts: the BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scriptsmart/has templates for Microsoft Word called Script Smart to make things easier, but they're either for Windows or for Word under OS 9 on a mac. The free screenwriting software Celtix has options for putting out US and BBC format scripts: it's briefly discussed at http://forums.celtx.com/viewtopic.php?t=7965 Here's some advice from either a writer or producer for the BBC: I'm not sure which. http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/writersroom/2010/01/newsjack_script_smart_or_smart.shtml You'll see he hates Script Smart. Actual scripts are at http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/insight/script_archive.shtml

Here's a link to what's supposed to be the most common US radio script type: the main difference is numbers for the people and effects.

I'd tend to use the BBC format: they do more radio plays than anyone in the world. I can also lend you my Goon Show script books: I know they didn't turn Phil on, but they're easy to read and might be a help.
bedii
May. 10th, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
Forgot the link for the US script format: http://www.greatnorthernaudio.com/audio_theater/format.txt
bedii
May. 10th, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
And the first link is defective: it's http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scriptsmart/

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