How to Write an eLearning Script for a Corporate Animation Video
Many people struggle to create an eLearning script for their corporate animation video.
Well, not anymore!
Today, we’re going to teach you how to write a corporate video script for animation. Step. By. Step.
Let’s get into it!
Animation Scripts Allow for Easier Brand Messaging
Unlike live-action productions, creating a script for a video animation allows you to be a bit more creative when it comes to implementing a corporation’s exact imagery or branding into a video. That is because most animation is not governed by realism.
What’s more, in live action, words and actions can easily get lost in translation from the corporate training video script to the screen, especially when you must work with limited resources. This can cause the learning material to lose its dynamism, especially when it comes to working with human actors.
Not to mention, human actors (no matter how talented) lack the vibrancy and flexibility that an animated character possesses. This makes it more difficult to ensure that what happens on screen fully reflects your company’s tone, style, and approach to your work and policies.
How does this affect the script for your animation video?: Think seriously not only about the information you want to convey in your eLearning video but also how you want to convey it–and how you can convey it in a way that feels unique to your company. For example, if your company is more laid back and casual, creating an animated eLearning video script that appears overly formal without much color and with very stilted dialogue may clash with your overall message.
Research Instructional Design Methods & Decide Learning Objectives
Before writing the script for your animated eLearning video, you must decide what type of instruction design will be used for the animated footage. There are two models corporate eLearning video script writers can use for an animated educational video – SAM and ADDIE.
SAM (or Successive Approximation Method) allows for quick evaluation for trainers and teachers through a cycle of evaluation, iteration, design and revision. On the other hand, ADDIE acts as more of a conveyor belt system where one step builds upon the other to create the video.
It may help to look at animated script templates from other creators. You can even reach out to colleagues and others with similar backgrounds for their thoughts on producing an animated eLearning video. Any input helps.
Once the instructional design is decided, the next step is to decide on the learning objectives for prospective eLearning students. This is where the SMART initiative comes into play:
Specific – be precise about what the learner’s objective.
Measurable – how will the objective be observed or counted.
Action-oriented – using active verbs during instruction.
Reasonable – giving an appropriate time and scope for an objective
Time-bound – achieving an objective within a certain timeframe
Having obtainable learning objectives is the key to informing the video and scripting videos. For eLearning in the corporate setting, this model can help you ensure that learners understand the course or video’s goal.
When it comes to the type of learning video, most eLearning animated videos combine visuals with audio to help the learner understand the subject matter better. Educational animation videos fall into one of three categories:
Explainer – uses visual support as an analogy or metaphor to introduce a concept or solution with an occasional narrative used to communicate a message.
Simulation – sees animated characters acting in a scenario where the learner can interact with the video.
How-to – uses visual support to breakdown a process or system step-by-step
The most common format is the explainer video as evidenced by the vast amount of whiteboard animations produced over the years.
In conjunction with research, you will likely need to do some pre-writing as you craft the video’s content and begin video scripting. This can take on the form of bulleted lists, bookmarked web pages, diagrams or sticky notes. Organizing those ideas will be beneficial in writing the script for your animation video.
Write Effective Corporate Video Scripts for Training
Once the research and pre-writing are done, you can now get into crafting learning scripts for video and begin to understand how to write for animation. The animation is generally having a different approach to writing as directional action is more important than actual dialogue. But in the case of eLearning videos, the actions and words are equal.
This approach allows for learners to grasp a concept, lesson or message more effectively especially in a corporate setting. Animated eLearning videos tap into kinesthetic (or hands-on) learning with one difference from other videos: movement. Learners are usually able to interact with the animation in a way that allows new information to commit itself to long-term memory.
The first draft of the animated video script is more trial and error as you combine your research, pre-writing and learning objectives to create the script. During the writing process, being concise is the main objective. Action should be the focus as the visuals will do most of the heavy lifting for learners.
Short yet straightforward actions will grab the learner’s attention. The same goes for dialogue. The narration or spoken lines from a character must be believable to drive home the point of the video.
These are the key concepts to grasp when learning how to write a script for an animation video.
Proofread & Revise Your First Draft
After the first draft, revision is the next step as you seek to get more eyes on your words. You can ask your colleagues, family or friends to set up a read through and get a fresh set of eyes. Gather some people together in person or set up a video chat to have as a table read, which is traditionally used in theater, television, and movies. This allows for the writer to hear actual voices reading the parts as the animated e-learning script is written.
As the reading commences, this is your chance to take notes on the script. This way you can figure out what works and what doesn’t as well as what scenes or dialogue needs to be revisited before producing your animation video.
Sometimes, these problems are due to the vagueness of concept or over-explaining certain aspects. You may need more than one reading to figure out any awkwardness if the volunteers are up to it. Take the reading a step further this time by having readers act out the scenes.
After the readings, you can start revising your corporate video script. You may have to go back to the first draft and produce another draft based on the notes you took. As a writer, you will continue to revise and draft new versions for the script until you believe the script is exactly everything you envisioned for your animation video.
If you do not have anyone to look over your instructional design scripts, the next best thing is to copy and paste the content into Google Docs or Microsoft Word and use a grammar checker tool like Grammarly.
Each tool gives you suggestions to help correct your writing based on each program’s set of grammar rules. Due to the different sets of rules, you’ll find varying opinions on certain language situations within each program.
You should also make sure that your dialogue sounds realistic and grammatically correct. Even if you do want to take a more casual approach to your training video, you must remember that this is still a professional video. Therefore, glaring errors will come off as unprofessional.
Remember dialogue can be both authentic and grammatically correct. That’s one of the benefits of creating eLearning scripts for corporate videos.
Make Final Edits to Your eLearning Script
Once you feel the script is good to go in terms of content, it is time to begin the editing process. At this point, you would need to get an objective editor to look over your entire video script with a fine-tooth comb.
You want them to find errors such as grammar, syntax, punctuation, and clarity that might hinder the video script. Ask them to keep track of their changes either leaving comments in a Word document or PDF or using the “Suggesting” feature in Google Docs.
Alternatively, you could use a video scripting software to avoid errors.
Produce & Deliver The Final Script
After you’re done editing your script, it is time to lock down the final script and start distributing it amongst the appropriate people. Remember to retain multiple back-up copies for yourself just in case some technical or delivery issues were to come up.
After the decision-makers have given you the green light, you can start sharing your finished work with everyone involved in the video. Send the script to the animation team tasked with overseeing and completing the production and the voice cast.
Congratulations, you did it! Now you can make the most of the advantages of eLearning scripts for corporate animation videos!