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Using Celtx, or other scripting methods, what would be the professional, industry recognised way for scripting something like a Star Wars opening crawl?


That opening for Stars Wars was a thing of post-production.  While the words appear in the shooting script, how it is represented on the screen is not.

You can lead after the slugline with a description in the narrative if you want or use the term TITLES after the slugline.



A gigantic space vehicle moves through space with large weapons visible from the hull and smaller escort vessels nearby in formation.

As the space vehicle passes, the following words scroll.



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The bigger question is why would you want to?  If you enter any movie with a lone man walking in the desert carrying a sword, you know that it is going to be an action adventure movie.  If you enter a movie with battling space ships, you know it's going to be a 'science fiction' movie.  Exposition kills the pace of a movie and is rarely needed.

The Star Wars opening was added because the executives at 20th Century wanted an explanation of what was going on and felt that the audience would not understand.  It was not in the original script.

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John M. Lovett


I answer questions regarding film production and screenwriting. I will answer questions dealing with screenwriting style, ideas, film production, format, and agents.


Sixteen years working in the motion picture and television industries as a screenwriter, producer, and military technical advisor. Have two produced movies TWO WEEKS and CATHY MORGAN. Worked with Digital Ranch Productions, Warriors Inc, and Nichols Productions.

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