How to write a found footage script
Looking to write one of these? I just completed my last horror film and have locked in distribution. The hardest part of this entire project was writing the found footage script.
They are so different and I think that calls for a different kind of script, but many people are sticking to the traditional cinematic scripts even though its found footage, and I think that this is where they make there mistake.
The only way to accomplish what I did was to write out bullet points. Now im not telling you that you have to write your found footage script like this, im just going to go over how I wrote it.
I wrote out bullet points for the entire movie. I found it extremely hard to write word for word when I didnt even know where the camera was going to be. Not only that, found footage is hard to make seem real. I originally had the first part of the script scripted out, but after some test it was not working out. There is something about the video look that can capture acting unlike a cinematic movie. So i did the bullet point with descriptions of what needed to be accomplished. This I found to work out best, though I am not saying this for everyone, I is what worked best for me.
The most frustrating thing to me was not having control of the camera. With cinematic films, you can control some emotion and feel with the movements of the camera, like intense moments I would normally use a dolly to push in, or an opening shot I would use a crane to establish the area. I was unable to do all of these things, so I adjusted certain aspects of the filming to accommodate what I couldn't do.
So my my thoughts are, to bullet point it out. It was a complete success for me and when the film is released I will post here the entire bullet point script.