Envisioning InteractivityHere is an online supplement to the chapter I wrote for the ITT course textbook, Creative Writing and Storyboarding for Games. In the chapter I explain how to format, write, and improve screenwriting explicitly for games. Then I explain how to convert a script into a storyboard that can impart the game writer's vision to the production team.
This Microsoft Word template includes common screenplay formatting, keyboard shortcuts for rapid writing, and additional help and brief examples of how to format game writing.
Game Storyboard Template
Example Game Storyboard
Example Game Storyboard Writing
LinksHere is further information for game script and storyboard creation, as well as their applications.
BooksHere is the bibliography of the chapter.
Sample storyboardsPhil Saunders has produced several game storyboards in various illustration styles from The Journeyman Project to Whacked!. He provides samples from his storyboards online:
CinematicsGamasutra.com has a good selection of articles that provide tips for cinematics, which are short movie sequences in games.
Free scriptsA good, and enjoyable, way to become familiar with screenplay format and style is to read screenplays of movies you enjoy. Many are available online. Most of these are shooting scripts at various stages of production, not spec scripts, however they are excellent examples. Here are a few free screenplay sites:
EducationMost important is knowing how to write, both for traditional screenplays and interactive screenplays. I've compiled information on game design education, including a Bachelor's degree with courses in screenwriting.
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