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Proper Formatting and Elements of Script Writing

By: Elena Grace Flores

Screenplay (Photo credit: Matt-Richards)

It is amazing to be able to find a very precise but uplifting video tutorial regarding script writing. Here, the formatting is not only explained but also illustrated in a very interesting but clear manner. Even the tiny bits of the elements of script writing are also discussed  without any hint of boredom. Well done for this video:

How To Format A Screenplay – 5 Basic Elements : FRIDAY 101

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Yes, we all have different styles and character in writing a script but whether you agree with me or not, there’s also a proper way of writing one – and by far, this video explains it all. This might be  something basic to learn about the topic but believe me, you can never advance in this field without mastering the techniques shown in the video.

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Satisfaction, a Humorous Script with Moral Values


By: Elena Grace Flores

The Man, the Woman and the Money
The Man, the Woman and the Money (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This script highlights the nature of men – never satisfied with what they have. The circumstances in this script may sound like jokes but there are some truths in them.

Scene I: A very handsome man was walking along the seaside – then stops to talk to himself in front of his reflection on the shallow sea bed…

Man: Hello handsome, here we are again – looking so good and yet no money and no honey.

Reflection: You can have all the women you like but the problem is how to keep them when you don’t even have a decent job.

Man: (Upon seeing a magic sea shell, he whispers…) I wish to have all the wisdom in this world to be able to make the most of what I have! (Lightning strikes and “kablammmm”… he turns into a woman).

Woman: (The woman who was previously a man talks to her new reflection… ) Oh dear…what a beautiful woman you are. For sure, many rich men will be crazy over you.

Reflection: Oh what a change…

Narration: Years have gone by and the woman who used to be a man is very determined to get what she wants. So, she uses her beauty to get the most glamorous job there is – earning lots of money by just walking along the cat walk for few minutes every now and then. Later on, she finally settled down with a billionaire and had a daughter but still found herself talking to herself alone –

Scene II: In front of a mirror…

Woman: So, this is how it feels to be a rich woman…why am I not happy with all the money and fame that I have? Where is my husband? Ahhh still with business partners – forgetting me having to bear most of the cold nights without him. God forbid, I need a man beside me…

Daughter: (Upon  witnessing what her mother just did in front of the mirror, she also positions herself in front of it and says…) Oh God, I want a new Ipad right now, can I have it please?

Woman: (Upon overhearing what the daughter just said, she realizes that she failed not just as a wife but also as a mother and prays wholeheartedly…) Dear God, please listen to your child who’s repenting right now. If only I could go back to the way I was before, I promise to nurture your gift and live according to your will! (Then he becomes a man again)

Scene III: The handsome man on his bed awakens from a deep sleep…

Man: Thanks God – those were just nightmares! Please don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful of my looks and the way I am right now. I am just asking for guidance on how I could fulfill my purpose in life. I trust that you made me for a reason and I gladly obey your will. Please give me the satisfaction and contentment for the life that you plan for me because I know, it’s the best coming from you. (Phone rings…)

Phone Voice: This is Marketing Pro and I’m just letting you know that after reviewing your application, we decided to make you a job offer that that you can’t refuse – as our new Marketing Representative. Will you be interested?

Man: Marketing Pro? Of course, my dream company to work for – I thought I had no chance after not hearing from you for quite some time.

Phone Voice: We’re very sorry that it took us this long. we must admit that there were lots of qualified applicants for this Marketing position that we had to screen – but we feel that you are the right image for our products!

Man: Thank you very much for letting me know and I’m delighted to report to your office as advised!

Phone Voice: Don’t mention it – we’re privileged to have you on board. Bye for now and see you soon.

Man: Bye, thank you.

Lesson in life: If money is your only or main motivation, you can easily go astray. A pure heart with the strongest faith is what leads you to the right path of life and will also make you a good role model to your children – because it’s your actions that they will follow and not what you preach.

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Sweet Smiles Script



By: Geraldine G. Flores (Ms. “G”) 

Image representing Skype as depicted in CrunchBase
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In life, what we planned for our family is not always what will happen. We just have to be flexible and set pride aside. There may be tough choices we have to make but as long as we have faith, things will fall into place when the right time comes – and we will then realize why they happened that way. Enjoy this Sweet Smiles script-

Scene 1: In the living room, mommy Beth and baby Bea are rehearsing. Daddy Ben arrives from the office.

Daddy Ben: Seems like our baby girl is joining a talent show… (Mommy Beth & baby Bea kisses the dad)

Mommy Beth: Not at all, our daughter would just like to show you how talented she is. She’s just 3 years old yet she wants to go to school already. I said; if Dad would agree and would like your presentation, she can. (To Bea) Are you ready, baby girl? Show daddy how talented you are while I’ll set the table ready for dinner. (To Dad) Okay dad, just sit back & relax.

Baby Bea: Yes, mom. (Bea recites the poem: “The Creation” and sings the action song: “I’ve Got Joy”).

“The Creation”God made the earth, God made the sea.
God made the fish and the birds that fly.
Animals, flowers, trees so tall,
God made everything, great and small.
God made all that I can see.
God made you and God made me.

Baby Bea: I thank you. (Then she bows, Dad claps his hands)

Baby Bea: Thank You Dad.I would like to sing a song for you now.
(Bea sings the action song)

I’ve got joy down in my heart, deep,deep down in my heart.J – O – Y down in my heart, deep,deep down in my heart.

Baby Bea: How about you?
(Both hands pointing to her Dad on the last line of the song)
Daddy Ben: Of course my dear, having you both is my greatest joy. That was wonderful! (Dad claps his hands again for Bea’s presentation)

Voice over of Mommy Beth: Dinner’s ready! (Daddy Ben carries Baby Bea to the dinner table)

Scene 2: At the dinner table while the family is having dinner, they had a small talk.

Mommy Beth: So how was it? Is baby Bea ready for school?

Daddy Ben: Yes, of course. Do you really want to go to school now? (To Baby Bea)

Baby Bea: Yes, dad and mommy would like to be a Teacher again too.
Daddy Ben: What does that mean? You like to work again as a Teacher? (To mommy Beth)

Mommy Beth: Yes, if you will allow me so I can help you also in the expenses here in the house and we could save also for Bea’s education.

Daddy Ben: No, my dear, that’s why I work double time now. Just give me your “sweet smiles” and I’ll be fine. I’ll provide you both with everything that you need. (Mommy Beth and baby Bea gave daddy Ben their sweetest smiles then he bid them goodbye.)

Daddy Ben: I love you both, sleep tight. Goodnight… I have to leave now for my part-time job in the restaurant.

Baby Bea: We love you too, daddy, goodnight.

Mommy Beth: Okay, bye! Dad, you take care …

Narration: While the mother and daughter were asleep, they had no idea about the accident involving daddy Ben.

Scene 3: At the hospital the doctor speaks to Mommy Beth who is crying after she was informed about the accident. She learned about it at daytime already.

Doctor Reyes: I’m sorry Mrs. Francisco but it will take several months for your husband to work again as he was badly hit by the big truck that bumped his motorcycle that throw him out several meters away. Investigation is still going on as there was no witness who saw the accident this dawn, the truck driver was kind enough to bring him to the hospital and told us that it was not his fault.

Mommy Beth: I understand doctor – maybe my husband had fallen asleep while driving because he was tired and sleepy already. Can I speak to him now?

Doctor Reyes: Yes, go ahead; he could be awake by now. Just don’t show him your tears. Be strong.

Mommy Beth: Thanks, Doctor Reyes, I will. (As she enters the room she could hear her husband crying. She went near him & embraced him)

Daddy Ben: Why did this happen to me? How could I provide for you and baby Bea with all that you need now? This is so unfair! I am really sorry.

Mommy Beth: You don’t have to be sorry, my dear. We have to thank the Lord that you survived that accident. Don’t worry I’m here for you and our daughter. Remember last night? I was trying to ask permission from you to work again. I do have an urgent offer to work but in Thailand as an English teacher. The pay is really good and it will just be a two year contract. We could save some capital for sure for a business by the time my contract ends so, you don’t have to work day and night. Please don’t get me wrong. This is for us too.

Daddy Ben: I really don’t want you to work. I should be the one working but with my condition now, how can i? What will your parents say to me now… a parasite?

Mommy Beth: Please don’t say that. Any minute from now they will be here also with baby Bea. They even volunteered to take care of you and our daughter while I’m away. We’re a family! We care for each other.
(At this point the in-laws arrived with their granddaughter. They just brought in baby Bea inside the hospital room, waved and went out again to buy food.) (Mommy Beth carried Baby Bea to kiss her dad then baby Bea sits on the hospital bed)

Baby Bea: Hello, Daddy, grandpa and grandma says we will be staying in their big house that’s why we fetch you here. They say – it’s our home too. Are you okay now daddy? Let’s go home. (Dad wiping his tears…)Dad, why are you crying?

Daddy Ben: Your mom will be leaving us soon. She will teach in Thailand.

Baby Bea: Mom, I don’t want you to leave us. We will be very sad. We will all stay happy in grandpa and grandma’s home. Please don’t go to Thailand. Please don’t leave us. (Baby Bea crying already so, mom got carried away and burst into tears)

Mommy Beth: My dearest baby, you know that I want to be always near you. I’m doing this for our family. Mommy will be able to buy you your favorite Barbie doll and all the things that you need.

Baby Bea: No, I just want you here with us. I need you more than the Barbie doll. I love you mom, don’t you love me?

Mommy Beth: I love you and your dad more than anything in this world. Please understand me now. Grandpa, grandma and your dad will take care of you while I’m away.

Daddy Ben: Maybe, it’s not a good idea for you to teach in Thailand you will be alone there no relatives and friends to look after you also.

Mommy Beth: Just give me both your “sweet smiles” and I’ll be fine. I will remember it always and I will feel I’m not alone because both of you will forever stay in my heart. Just give me this chance to help you then after two years I’ll be home (to daddy Ben). My precious baby, cheer up! We’ll often see each other on Skype (to baby Bea). You want to go to school so show me now that you are not a cry baby anymore. So, now both of you can you just show me your “sweet smiles”! (Both smiled now – then embraced each other.)
(Grandpa and grandma arrive with the yummy food that they bought.)

Grandpa: Did we miss something? (Upon seeing them -)

Grandma: Come on! Skip the drama, I’m starving. Let’s eat now. (Everyone burst into laughter)

Lesson in life: A person can only do quality work for 8 hours straight a day. So, balance your time between work and family – if you want to save up and not spend your hard-earned money in the hospital!


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Son, I Love You



By: Geraldine G. Flores (Ms. “G”) 

Español: Regreso del hijo pródigo, Louvre
Español: Regreso del hijo pródigo, Louvre (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rebellion sometimes happen when parents unintentionally hurt their children while trying to discipline them. No matter how hard it is, we should always honor our father and mother regardless of the situation – because they can’t be with us forever! Here’s a short script between a brother and a prodigal son…

Najmi: Rahim, Rahim.
Rahim: Why are you here?

Najmi: “There’s no place like home, my dearest brother,.” So you better come home with me now.
Rahim: I’m sorry, but this is my home. I’m happy here. I don’t think father would like to see me – for him, everything I do is wrong!

Najmi: Of course not! Father is just telling you things for your own good but you don’t listen to him, you ran out of the house! Mother is always crying because of your absence.
Rahim: Excuse me Najmi. You’re just my younger brother. Don’t act like father. Go back to your house now! I’ll stay here. They’re nice to me. They’re like a family to me now.

Najmi: I really don’t want to get angry with you Rahim but I’m having difficulty controlling myself but I can have more patience because of father. He pleaded for me not to be angry with you. He wants you to go back home because he loves you so much!
Rahim: Loves me so much? Huh! You’re kidding! I know- he doesn’t care for me. He even scolded me over the phone, so – I hung up.

Najmi: Even for the last time, you don’t want to see father?
Rahim: What do you mean for the last time?

Najmi: Father’s gone – and it’s all because of you! (both with tears in their eyes now)
Rahim: What? Father’s dead? Oh no! I don’t believe you.

Najmi: Yes, it’s true, when you hung up on him over the phone, he had a heart attack but before he died, he asked me to give him your picture. He embraced it and he said, “I love you my son. I miss you. Please come home.”
Rahim: Father…. I’m so sorry. I love you too father. Please forgive me.

Najmi: (Nods his head) Let’ go home…
Rahim: Yes and from now on I’ll be a good son and a good brother to you also.

Lesson in life: We can lose a loved one in an instant so, always let them know you care.


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A Birthday Party



By: Geraldine G. Flores (Ms. “G”) 

Candles spell out the traditional English birt...
Candles spell out the traditional English birthday greeting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Children especially teenagers can easily be corrupted due to negative environmental factors, lack of guidance from the family and changes happening within themselves. This script shows how a promising student can go astray in a blink of an eye just after a birthday party:

Scene I – School Campus: Khairul, an outstanding lower school student is approaching some students looking at the list of the top students in year six. (all eyes are on him)

Zamri: Congratulations… Khairul! You’re the top one student again in year 6 for the
2nd term.
Khairul: Really? (looking at the bulletin board) Oh yes! I’ve made it again.
Lina: Congratulations… Khairul! You’re unbeatable!
Khairul: Thank you Lina, I know you can do it also. (All the other students say: “Congratulations!” to Khairul. He humbly smiled and replied “Thank you”. When Khairul walks away, Zamri runs after him)
Zamri: Khairul, please wait for me. (Khairul, stopped walking) It’s my birthday today. I hope you remembered. Have you told your dad about it? My friends will be very glad to meet you as I’ve always mentioned your name to them. They know that you are always the best!
Khairul: Thanks Zamri and “Happy Birthday” too but I forgot to ask permission from my dad to join your party. I’m so sorry.
Zamri: Oh! No, don’t be. I’ll wait for your dad too. Please ask his permission then I’ll ask our driver to send you home after my party. (Dad arrives…)
Khairul: Dad, this is my classmate, Zamri. It’s his birthday today. Can I join his party tonight? They’ll send me home dad .I forgot to tell you yesterday.
Zamri: Please sir, I’ll ask our driver to send him home. He is my best friend.
Dad: Okay, but be sure to be home by 9 o’clock.
Khairul: Sure dad. I will. Thank you.
Dad: (to Zamri) “Happy Birthday”.
Zamri: Thank you, sir. Yihey! Let’s go…
Khairul: Bye dad.
Dad : Bye.

Scene II – At the Party:
Zamri: We’re here. I’m starving now.
Khairul: This is not your house! You’re having your birthday party here? Where are your friends?
Zamri: Oh! Here they are… you see – they’re bringing lots of foods and drinks for us. You will enjoy this man, believe me. Come, I’ll introduce you to them..Ahman, Aziz, this is Khairul – our top 1 student in the class. Remember, what I’ve told you about him?
Ahmad: Ah, yes of course. Glad to meet you Khairul.
Khairul: Glad to meet you too. ( Khairul gave a handshake to both)
Aziz: I’ve brought with us something that you won’t forget for the rest of your life.
Khairul: What are you talking about? I think I don’t belong here. I have to go home now so I can study our lessons. Where is your driver Zamri?
Zamri: Oh! Don’t worry, my friend, he will fetch us by 8 o’clock so you will be home before 9 o’clock as what we’ve promised your dad. Don’t be a sissy! Come on! We’re hungry, let’s eat now..
Aziz: (going near Kairul) Don’t worry, we won’t bite you, he he. Just joking, friend. We have to enjoy life while we’re still young. You’ll see what I mean. It’s hard to explain! It’s magical! Oh, come on – let’s enjoy the party now. (Everyone eats, small talk about the food)
Ahmad: Now, try this one – just a smoke to help us digest our food. (Khairul tried smoking then coughs, everyone laughs)
Aziz: Try again friend, you’ll get used to it! Life becomes more beautiful with this (kiss the cigarette) and this one too (shows a pill) – with this you can fly! Get one now!
Khairul: No, I won’t! That might hurt me.
Zamri: Oh! No! This won’t hurt you – just take it like this (shows how) It feels so good! Let’s enjoy life friend, don’t be so serious. It’s my birthday, let’s celebrate! Eat… drink…and be merry!
Ahmad: Be a real man like us!
Aziz: You’re a sissy.
Khairul: No, I’m not!
Aziz: So, try this one now! ( Khairul was forced to get one pill. In a little while, a change in him happened. He is acting strange now. Asking for more smoke that was Marijuana. Music in the background plays whilw Khairul is enjoying the party)
Khairul: This is cool! Wooh! I feel like flying! (car coming)
Zamri: The driver is back, keep those things. Khairul! Let’s prepare for home now.
Khairul: No, I still want – give me that thing again. It’s so good!
Zamri: Sssh! Quiet… don’t mention this to anyone or else you’ll never get any of these again .Do you understand?
Khairul: Yes, yes, my best friend, mwaah! (kisses his forehead) “Happy Birthday! “ (car honking)
Zamri: Hurry up! The driver is waiting outside .Fix yourself now and remember next time we come here, you should bring money. Do you understand?
Khairul: Yes, my friend. See you again tomorrow.

Scene III – Back to School
Khairul: Look dad, your son is the number one student in year six. Aren’t you proud of me?
Dad: Of course, I am, okay? I believe you now. Good bye, I have to go to the office.
Khairul: Oops dad. Where’s my reward? (dad gives money)
Dad: You’re clever. That’s why you brought me here.
Khairul: He, he, thank you dad. Oh! Dad, we have a project to do after school. Don’t fetch me this afternoon, Zamri’s driver will send me home again. I’ll be home before 9 o’clock. Don’t worry.
Dad: Okay son. No problem. I trust you.
Voice over: This becomes a habit of Khairul already- telling his dad that money is needed for school – basically for group projects. Sometimes for birthday parties and all other excuses – just to be with Zamri and friends who are bad influences until one day…

Scene IV – School Campus (Students looking at the bulletin board)
Lina: Oh, no! Khairul is not included in the list of the top 5 students for term3 anymore!
Yasmin: There are rumors around- that he is a drug addict now like his best friend, Zamri.
Safi: What? Khairul and Zamri are drug addicts? But poor Khairul…I thought he has brains. (Khairul overheard what the girls were saying. He got depressed, climbed up the ladder to reach the roof of the school building)
Ali: Look! Khairul is climbing up the ladder. Maybe he’s sad because he is no longer the top one student in year six. (Everyone gathered around and got frightened)
Lina: Come down Khairul…You might fall!
Khairul: No! I want to end up my life now. All of you – go away!
Teacher : Khairul, don’t do anything to harm yourself. You’re an intelligent boy – you know the right thing to do.
Khairul : I am not intelligent. I am dumb! My parents will know that I am no longer the top one student. They’ll not trust me anymore. They’ll hate me.
Teacher: In a few minutes, they will be here also Khairul. They love you. They will understand you. Come down.
Khairul: No! I’m sorry, teacher but I don’t deserve to be their son anymore. I am a bad son. They’ll be mad at me. I hate myself (says this three times) (shouting and crying now)
Mother: Son, don’t say that please, we love you. Come down now please…
Khairul: Mother, I’m ashamed of myself now. Everyone looks down on me. Dad will not be proud of me anymore.
Dad: That’s not true son, I am proud of you and will always be because you are my son. We will help you. Promise us that you will really be good this time and never tell a lie anymore.
Khairul: Dad, I am so sorry for the wrong things that I’ve done.
Dad: It’s alright son. Come down now. You might fall.
Khairul: Yes, dad, thank you so much! ( Khairul goes down the ladder, assisted by the dad. Mother embraced him)
Khairul: Please forgive me mom. I love you both.
Mother: We love you too son. Cheer up! Zamri is now in the rehabilitation center. He asked for forgiveness too.
Khairul: Thank you mom, dad. Both of you did everything for me. Promise, I’ll never hurt your feelings again and from now on, you will forever be proud of me. (Khairul embraced by mom and dad. A warm applause from everyone)

Lesson in life: Young minds are fragile. Constant parental guidance is a must!


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