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Why Is A Script So Important?

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Why Is A Script So Important?

Well, a movie without a script is like waking up in the morning without coffee. And who does that? (It’s absolutely impossible to start a day without coffee!) Just as it is absolutely impossible to start a movie without a script.

In The Beginning

In the beginning, there was a script. The script is the bible to any movie. It’s what everyone who is working on the film refers to when there are questions, concerns or when someone is implementing their part to the process.

And, just like coffee and religion (don’t ask), there are different types of scripts.


A standard script gets pitched to a producer or film studio. If they like it, you’ll see the movie produced and released the way the studio wants it. Yes, the script gets rewritten with the studio’s or producer’s input before it is released.


A spec script is written in advanced by a writer who is hoping it gets picked up or optioned by a producer or studio. Don’t let the success of “Good Will Hunting” or “American Beauty” fool you—a spec script is one of the hardest ways to get a script produced.


An adapted script comes from something that already exists. We’ve been seeing this a lot lately (*cough* Twilight *eye roll*). It seems as though almost every best seller is being turned into a movie. Good for the film industry, not so good for the author (since it can be tough to translate the quality of the story from the book onto the screen).

Other examples of an adapted script would be: remakes, TV shows, or even a real life story.

So, Why Is A Script So Important?

As we mentioned above, the script (also known as a screenplay) is the film’s bible. It is used by the director, producer, actors, crew; everyone who is involved with the movie. The script lets everyone know exactly what will be on the screen.

The script also provides the description of the characters. With this, the director is able to visualize and capture the type of style, look and vibe she/he gives to the character.

Aside from capturing the personality of the characters and knowing what will be shown on the screen, the script gives a close estimate of how much the film is going to cost.

Budget planning is key and the script, again, is the bible for that. The script lets the producer and director know how and what to plan for, therefore, dictating the logistics and budgeting for the film. For example, if the movie calls for extreme explosions the producer knows she/he will have to plan and budget for that. If the film is mostly dialogue and daydreams, then the producer will budget for that (with costs likely to be much less than a movie filled with explosions).

The script also plays a huge role in how the movie is scheduled. As with anything in life, scheduling/planning is at the forefront of getting the job done. It is also how the director and producers keep the film on budget. Planning and scheduling have absolute direct impacts on the budget. Some of the most common reasons for going over budget are reschedules and disruptions to filming. So, you can see why meticulous planning and scheduling are so important.

Fade out…

The End.

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