Script& shooting schedule

As soon as you film with several actors at different locations, you will not be able to avoid writing a script. It is, so to speak, the instruction manual for everyone involved, from the actor to the cameraman. The script is thus written in more detail than a storyboard. You can find in it the texts of the actors as well as a detailed description of what happened. It is important that it is clearly laid out so that as few questions as possible have to be clarified during the filming. The script is also the basis for your shooting schedule, which is arranged according to locations and shooting dates.

Characteristics of a script

  • The 5 Ws: In the screenplay is described, Whe Wann What Welse place experienced. The fifth W is the Wwhy (coherent scene structure, all actions must make sense)
  • A script is divided into the individual scenes
  • The script contains the actors’ lines
  • The script contains information about the plot, facial expressions and gestures
  • possibly you already note down information about the music or the sounds that are to be inserted in the post production.

features of the shooting schedule

The shooting schedule indicates which scenes you will shoot with which settings and with which equipment on a given day. So you do not forget anything important.

  • indication of the date of recording
  • Specification of the respective scene number
  • Shooting location and position (z.B. Living room, corner table)
  • Film team: Who is responsible for which tasks (camera, lighting, sound, props)
  • Names of the actors
  • Equipment, props, disguise
  • Transportation to the location, catering
  • Emergency option, if filming z.B. is not possible in bad weather

Script in continuous text form

There are two ways to write a script: As continuous text or in tabular form. You will have to try out which of them suits you better.

For the continuous text, you choose a heading for each scene. This heading indicates the location (inside – outside) and the time of day (daytime – evening – night). Example:

Police Station – Inside – Day

This is followed by a short scene description and the lyrics:

Police constable Meier is looking at the PC monitor when suddenly the phone rings. Next to him is his colleague Muller.

Meier: (on the phone) "Yes, good, we’ll be on our way in a minute."(hangs up)

Muller: (looks questioningly down at his colleague) "Who was that??"

Meier: (stands up) "That was the bank manager. He was robbed in his store this morning."

Muller: "Another bank robbery? This is already the third one this week."(both leave the office in a hurry)

script in tabular form

I personally think that the tabular form is the better one. You create a table with several columns. Now you can think about which information is important for your film shoot. The widest column should be the one with the voice-over narration. The others you may use for stage directions (z.B. "Meier coughs") or storylines (z.B. "both policemen leave the room in a hurry"). Camera angles or the expected scene length are usually in a storyboard. If you have omitted this, you can also put this information in the screenplay. It is important that you do not include too much information, otherwise the whole thing becomes confusing. Your script might look something like this:

As you can see, in this template, script and shooting schedule have been mixed a bit. The advantage of this is that you don’t have to show up on the set with a bunch of sheets of paper. An independent shooting schedule could look like this:

You have to work strictly according to the script?

As important as a script is for a regular flow on the film set, you should leave yourself a little room to maneuver. This is not possible in a cinema production, but it is possible in your private production. Maybe during the shooting one of the actors has a spontaneous funny idea. And if it fits the rest of the story, why not be a little flexible?? It’s stupid to say "This sentence is not in the script". However, you have to be careful: There are also actors/actresses who want to reshape a finished script and make it their own. In this case, you better refrain from discussions and changes.

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