Saving a Template for a Video Script

A television commercial needs a script written before it can be shot. While writing a script or screenplay is a difficult task, making it look professional with Pages is not. Pages includes a Screenplay template, but the standard two-column video script was left out. No problem, thoughyou can easily add a custom template.

In this task, you will work with a two-column starter script, modifying it and saving its layout as a template for future projects.


Open the file Video Script.pages from the Lesson 10 folder.

This is a starter script that you can customize. The header of this script contains a five-column table that can hold information about the project. The fifth column contains the organization's logo. Tables are easy to format and modify using the Table Inspector.

The first step is to replace the placeholder logo.


Switch to the Finder; then open the Lesson 10 folder and drag the file RPLogo.tif into the cell holding the logo.


Feel free to use your own company's logo if you prefer.


Choose File > Save as Template to save the script layout as a template for future projects.

Pages automatically names the template Video Script to match the original file and chooses the My Templates folder in the Application Support folder for iWork. (The complete path to this folder is [username]/Library/Application Support/iWork/Pages/Templates/My Templates.)


Click Save to store the template.


Close the open document; there is no need to save changes.


Choose File > New and click My Templates. Select the newly created Video Script template and click Choose.

A new untitled document based on the script template opens. The body of the document (below the header) consists of a table containing two columns: the left column is for describing the video information; the column on the right is for describing the audio that plays. Both cells in the first row of the table proper (below the header, which contains the labels "VIDEO" and "AUDIO") contain placeholder text.

You are going to format a script properly to present to the client. A description of what will be seen goes in the left column, and the right column contains the dialogue or sound effects.


Triple-click the placeholder text DESCRIBE THE SCENE to select it and type MAN ON BIKE. To make typing easier, press the Caps Lock key.

All caps is the standard style for video scripts.


Press the Tab key to switch to the next column; type the first line of dialogue 63!.


Press Tab to create a new row and switch to it. Enter the description WOMAN ON BIKE, press Tab, and enter the second line of dialogue 25! Press Tab to create a new row.


Open the file 10TDC Draft Script.pages from the Lesson 10 folder.

This file contains the rest of the text you need to complete the script. You can copy the remaining text (a line at a time) and choose Paste and Match Style.


If necessary, you can select a cell and choose Format > Copy Table Style, and then select other cells and paste the formatting.


In the script header area, enter the following information (or your own) to complete the script:


Save your work by choosing File > Save. Name the file TDC Script.pages and save it to your hard drive.

You can compare your document to the file 10TDC Script Final.pages in the Lesson 10 folder. Leave the script file open as you'll use it in the next exercise.

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