Course Description

Documentary Scriptwriting Template + Video Tutorial - Based on Daniel Raim's award-winning documentary HAROLD AND LILLIAN: A HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY (Zeitgeist Films).

Raim provides a step by step tutorial on how to properly format your script using professional, industry-standard scriptwriting practices.

In addition, the video tutorial includes a split screen showing the documentary side by side with the script to illustrate key scriptwriting and formatting concepts.

This template is ideal for those working in the Final Draft Scriptwriting software, and it can also easily be used in Microsoft Word. It's important to note that the concepts taught in this course can be applied to a script in any text-based editor.

This scriptwriting template and mini-course are a culmination of 20+ years of filmmaking experience including production of three widely acclaimed documentaries including the Oscar-nominated documentary short THE MAN ON LINCOLN'S NOSE.

PLEASE NOTE: The Documentary Scriptwriting Template is included in Daniel Raim's Documentary Storytelling & Scriptwriting Masterclass. So if you decide to upgrade to the masterclass, we will deduct the cost of this template course ($47) from the masterclass. You will find a "$47 credit/upgrade coupon" inside this course.


Documentary Scritptwriting Template

Get an industry-standard documentary script in THREE formats: Word (.docx) , Text doc (.txt) and as a Final Draft document (.fdx). Use the format that works best for you!

PLUS get step-by-step video tutorials how to craft your script.
Access the Template(s) $47.00
Documentary Scritptwriting Template

What Students Are Saying

  • Documentary Scriptwriting Template + Mini-Course VERY PRA...

    Barbara Reina

    This template is very practical. I also must say that Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story is one of my top five FAVORITE documentaries, so this templa...

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    This template is very practical. I also must say that Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story is one of my top five FAVORITE documentaries, so this template and mini-course really appealed to me and was easy to follow. I'm already thinking about how I can use it. Thanks also to Faith Fuller. Your site isn't just a lot of talk, it's helpful! Barbara Reina Productions, LLC

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  • Quick but rather detailed at the same time!! Very helpful

    Kathy Greaves

    Thank you for this great introduction. Still timid about using but will purchase final draft and will more than likely need to take Mr Raim's full course...

    Thank you for this great introduction. Still timid about using but will purchase final draft and will more than likely need to take Mr Raim's full course...

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  • Good for a primer

    Brian Veall

    The course is very good in getting you started with using the script template. It also gets in a little bit of script structure. Really that's all that can b...

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    The course is very good in getting you started with using the script template. It also gets in a little bit of script structure. Really that's all that can be expected with out signing up for the Master class for script writing. I am very thankful that Desktop Documentary.com (Faith) took the time to organize all of this for us, and for that Thank you.

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  • Documentary Scriptwriting.

    Darya Said

    The course is brilliant and Danial is a knowledgable man. I would recommend it to others.

    The course is brilliant and Danial is a knowledgable man. I would recommend it to others.

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  • Documentary Scriptwriting template and video

    Norene Smiley

    quite helpful! thanks. Look forward to using it.

    quite helpful! thanks. Look forward to using it.

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Course curriculum

  • 1
    Welcome!
    • INTRO: The Documentary Screenplay Template
    • QUICK VIEW: Sample Documentary Screenplay Template for Word (PDF)
  • 2
    Documentary Screenplay Template: Download Files
    • INSTRUCTIONS: Template Available in Three Formats (WORD, TEXT, FINAL DRAFT)
    • Documentary Screenplay Template -- FINAL DRAFT (.fdx)
    • QUICK VIEW: Documentary Screenplay Template GUIDE for Final Draft (PDF)
    • Documentary Screenplay Template - WORD (.docx)
    • QUICK VIEW: Documentary Screenplay Template GUIDE for Microsoft Word (PDF)
    • Documentary Screenplay Template - TEXT (.txt)
  • 3
    Documentary Screenplay Template: Video Tutorial
    • Instructions: Please Download Template Before Watching Video
    • Documentary Scriptwriting Template: Video Tutorial (Final Draft Version)
    • Documentary Scriptwriting Template: Video Tutorial (Microsoft Word Version)
  • 4
    Discussion
    • Ask Your Questions
  • 5
    Next Steps
    • How To Create Emotional Impact With Your Script

About Your Instructor

  • Daniel Raim

    Documentary Writer-Director

    Daniel Raim

    Academy Award®-Nominated Writer-Director Daniel Raim attended the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, where he studied under one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most esteemed collaborators, Production Designer Robert F. Boyle.Daniel has created a trilogy of critically acclaimed documentaries about unsung heroes of Hollywood’s Golden Age, including, THE MAN ON LINCOLN’S NOSE (2000, Oscar®-Nominated); SOMETHING’S GONNA LIVE (2010, Los Angeles Times Critics’ Pick) and HAROLD AND LILLIAN: A HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY (2015, Official Selection Cannes Film Festival + Turner Classic Movies TCM + Netflix 2018 release). Daniel is currently (2018) creating a series of documentary films for The Criterion Collection and FilmStruck. Consulting.

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