Script Writing: Formats, Elements & Celtx


In this third of four lessons (from the PBL unit called "Pre-Production: The Importance of Storytelling, Storyboards, Scripts and Set Design!") students are introduced to script-writing conventions and formatting using the free program "Celtx". Note: paper-based options are also included.


In this lesson, students will continue the pre-production process of setting the scene by learning about the components and formatting conventions of  scripts. They also will learn to utilize the free online software "Celtx" to create a short 1-scene script that further develops the concept they came up with in the first lesson. (Remember: This same story concept will be used throughout the PBL unit.) Depending on your preference, students may do this project individually or in pairs. It is possible to do groups of 3-4 students, but the process does not move more quickly with more students grouped together. You will need computers (preferably a lab, chrome cart, etc.) to complete this task, so that may influence your group size.

Lesson 1: Storytelling - Ideas, Elements & Structure

Lesson 2: Creating the Scene - Storyboards and Set Designs

Lesson 3: Script-Writing - Formats, Elements & Celtx

Lesson 4: Pre-Production Short Film Package - Sets, Storyboards and a Script

Lesson Times

2 Class Periods
100-120 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
    • Design, Visual, and Media Arts
    • Performing Arts
    • Production and Managerial Arts
K-12 Subjects
  • Visual Arts & Performing Arts
    • Theatre
    • Visual Arts
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

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