Scrippets WordPress Fix

For those of you unaware of Scrippets, it’s a screenplay-related plugin for WordPress, bbPress, phpBB, Drupal, vBulletin, Blogger and Expression Engine. If you have a screenplay blog, or for some reason want to place a “scrippet” in one of your posts, this is a great tool for formatting boxes of properly formatted script excerpts. Here’s an example:

EXT. FLOOD CONTROL CHANNEL -- NIGHT

Frozen, the knife in his nostril, the street lamp overhead gleaming on the silvery blade.

SMALLER MAN

You are a very nosey fellow, kitty cat... you know what happens to nosey fellows?

The Smaller Man actually seems to be trembling with rage when he says this. Gittes doesn’t move.

SMALLER MAN

Wanna guess? No? Okay, lose their noses.

With a quick flick the Smaller Man pulls back on the blade, laying Gittes’ left nostril open about an inch further. Gittes screams.

Yesterday, I installed the plugin using WordPress version 3.1.1 and noticed a formatting issue, an extra space between character names and dialogue. I kindly asked the programming Ogre to take a look and he came up with a fix in no time:

  1. Login to your WordPress Dashboard.
  2. Go to Plugins –> Editor.
  3. Select WP Scrippets.
  4. Click on wp-scrippets/scrippets.css
  5. Change .character css from this:  .character {margin-bottom: 0 !important;
  6. To this:  .character {margin-bottom: 0 !important; padding-bottom: 0 !important; padding-left: 40% !important;}

For more information about the history and goals of Scrippets, visit johnaugust.com.

William Robert Rich
William Robert Rich

William Robert Rich is a story analyst, screenwriter, and co-author of Story Maps: The Films of Christopher Nolan. He's currently based in Austin, Texas.

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5 Comments

  1. I have a Word Press site myself and wasn’t familiar with this product. Thanks for the information! Thanks also for the follow @CinemaProfound, which I will now be gladly reciprocating.

    • Scrippets is a great plugin — you should definitely use it. The install should be really easy, but if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

  2. I found the following WP Blog that makes use of a screenplay snippet.
    http://story-architect.com/?p=1614
    It’s a bit cumbersome to implement compared to WP Scrippets, but it surely looks right and it’s supposed to work with iPads and iPhones in portrait and landscape orientation, too. John August’s solution has not much in common with Cole & Haag or, say, the Warner Bros. format. I don’t know why, but it looks nowhere near like a screenplay.

  3. Bewildered by apparently a few or several variations of this plugin “out there,” I finally found this page at fountain.io, which works great with fountain format.

    http://fountain.io/scrippets

    I don’t know whether scrippets is separate, predated or after fountain.

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