Here we have the screenplay for Happy Box. It’s really short but I think having a script to follow is important even for a ‘small’ project. A script keeps me focused on the essentials of a project so I don’t waste a lot of time “in exploration.”
When writing the script, I try to keep visual descriptions to a minimum. Save the details for storyboard–that’s what it’s for.
Here’s an interesting tip: the general rule of thumb is that a single page of a script equals one minute of screen time. I knew our film had to run under two minutes, so I made sure not to write more than two pages of script.
You may have noticed a few details in the script are different from what appears in the final movie. What typically changes is anything that’s distracting or unnecessary for telling the story clearly.