Writing for the Teleprompter
Whether you are preparing an intro for a show you want to host, a public service announcement for an event or nonprofit organization you want to promote, or a promo for an upcoming program on AF-TV, there are some key things to keep in mind as you prepare a script to load into the Teleprompter. Here are just a few:
- Write for the ear, not the eye! Your sentences should be written in a conversational style
- Keep your sentences and phrases short enough so you can breathe!
- Periods and commas are difficult to see on the prompter, so…
- Start each sentence as a new paragraph
- Use ellipses instead of commas. The ‘…’ gives a much clearer indication of a pause… and a chance to breathe… than the ‘,’
- Include phonetic spelling for difficult to pronounce words and names. The phonetics should be inside parentheses immediately following the word or name whose pronunciation is unclear.
- Don’t use abbreviations; write our the full word: “Representative,” not “Rep.” and “Street,” not “St.”
- Read your copy aloud after you’ve written it, and make sure it sounds comfortable and conversational. Get familiar with the script before you go into the studio.
- Speak to the camera like it is one person that you know and like.
- And call us for any other scripting tips and assistance. We look forward to working with you!