Prosaic Script

So, I was just thinking it may be fun to eventually do a serial that's sort of half-novel, half TV show script. It would be really difficult to pull off, but the payout would be awesome. Of course, I might just be having a really shitty idea that sounds good in the beginning but ends up being crap, so I was just wondering: could this work, or is it a lost cause?


It kinda sounds like MCA Hogarth's Spots the Space Marine. It's written in script format. It worked very well in that case.


So what parts would be the novel, and what parts would be the script?


What I'm invisioning is mostly script, but the actions and aesthetics are detailed like they would be in a book rather than being left up to the director to decide. It's also meant to be read instead of produced like a play or movie, although it wouldn't necessarily be impossible to do, and an adaptation would be much easier to put together.


I would suggest reading some scripts. there is usually LOTS of stage direction. Also, as ubersoft already mentioned, spots the space marine.


This year I've started getting familiar with screenplay format--by reading the screenplays for UP and The Lego Movie, then writing terrible things on a free trial version of Celtx. The saga continues.


I recommend reading both of those screenplays for inspiration. They're for animated films, so the writer/director has to describe the scene and action in more detail. They make for a fun read and seem to be in your genre's direction, format-wise.


http://goodinaroom.com/wp-content/uploads/Up-Screenplay.pdf


http://goodinaroom.com/wp-content/uploads/Lego-Movie-Script.pdf


I use a bastardised hybrid of script and prose in Starwalker. The actual log text is prose, but conversations between crew (and sometimes others) are video or transmission transcripts, and so represented in the logs in script-form.


It's not strict script-form, because that would have been huge and unwieldy for what I wanted it to do. I took some liberties with the format and used the bits I wanted, and I think it works well (I've never had a complaint about it!).


It's fun to play with. I love that it's a really efficient way to write dialogue, too.