Ethnotrainer

Designing Scripts

There is little point in developing scripts for programs which will never be watched, or listened to, or enacted. The key to writing a successful script, is to create one based on a felt need.

Sit down with a representative of your receptor audience and talk with them about the many cultural issues which fill their day. Find out what things interest them (how to deal with health needs such as cholera or how to purify their drinking water). Learn what makes them fearful (evil spirits). Then, working with that topic, develop your script.

Be sure to include an introduction and conclusion to "bookend" your program. Think of interesting ways to deliver the content --through music, translated scripture portions which are dramatized, personal testimonies, with the use of stories, etc.

Search for sound effects and songs which can augment the understanding of the content and lend interesting elements to the finished product.