Unit 5 1.2: Writing the Script (Research)

Before writing this script, I had never written one in my life I had read many but never wrote one so I did some research on how to write scripts.



The above two infographics really explain how to write a script, what needs to be included and what not.




I also looked at some scripts of similar genre to help me write the script, the first script I looked at was “Silence of The Lambs” adapted by Ted Tally from the 1988 novel of the same name by Thomas Harris. The film won the Big Five Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director (Demme), Best Actor(Hopkins), Best Actress (Foster), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Ted Tally), making it only the third film in history to accomplish that feat. Screenwriter Ted Tally also received an Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay.

Another script I looked at was “Katie Morag and The Sick Sheep” because of the use of narrative.






Research Regarding Story

Before writing the script I did some research on psychologists to see how the scene where the main characters meet would go, I know someone who works with people with learning disabilities and give them support, that person also works with a lot psychotherapists so he talked to one for me to tell me how the first meeting with a psychotherapists would go since when I went to a psychologist I was very young and I don’t remember many details of it. This is what my friend’s colleague said:

“Hi! Reactions of people visiting psychoterapeutists are very individual. So there’s no mutual or common behaviour of such patients. What doesn’t change though is introduction of the specialist. The colleague would always say his name and introduce the legal bit of their sessions, warns the patient on what stays confidential and what has to be disclosed with the officials in case its mentioned (child molestation,murder,plans to commit either of that,etc.) they also get a tick off sheet that i could, with my colleagues discretion, I’ll send you tomorrow. Hope this helps a bit”

Which they did:


The person told me not to use the real thing but I could make my own  version of it to use on the short film.

Psychology Research

I also did some research on mental illness and the differences between Psychopath and Sociopath to help me build a character more.


More research I did on this can be found here:


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