SCRIPT WRITING FOR COMIC BOOKS
In the process of researching script writing approaches for comics, it becomes very evident from various sources that a common characteristic is to begin with drafting out an outline.
Outlines are the basic and fundamental approach to organising thoughts so the script falls into place. Creating a list of each point and revising it creates a logical path for the story to flow in the intended direction. Once this is accomplished, an approximate number of panels needed to achieve the desired goal then becomes attainable, giving the writer the general idea of how much work can be done within each project. Once an idea regarding how long each bullet point represents can be defined, writing down the action and dialogue, including the key elements to be featured within each panel then gets put into consideration.
The dialogue is separated into its own line making it clearer to read, with specific identification of exactly what character is talking within each scene, or panel as the case may be. Panel description and shot composition are then described in great detail (close-ups, wide shots, down-angles, etc.), easing the process of describing exactly how the pictures have been envisaged in the mind of the writer. The more the detail, the more information is included in the script, the better the visualisation of the intended scenarios and the world to be illustrated will be when that period arises.
A meticulous approach with regards to inputting more than enough detail is advised when a writer intends to pass a script off to an artist for execution. Involving the minutest of details often helps in getting out every detail required for the intended picture to be achieved.
Incorporating screenplay terminology into script is also very important and advised by many sources. The utilisation of keywords like Exterior or Interior, Day or Night, and reference the scene’s location are important, as is emphasised in the example above which emphasises the time of day, where the particular scene occurs.
A few articles and books that have been extremely helpful include: