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08-24-2007 03:34 PM
08-24-2007 04:13 PM
Anyone with some tips just on purely the amount of material to fit in a 5 minute short. The page a minute rule didn't work out to well last time.
Do you act out the pages to see if it fits etc...?
08-24-2007 04:42 PM
I try to read it out loud - screen actions and dialogue, and visualize each action description, and I read the dialogue at a slightly slow measured pace.
So if it says, establishing shot - the cemetery, and I am envisioning a slow crane shot, I try to see it happening, then read the next bit.
A page per minute averages out over the course of a feature i.e. an hour or more.
Norm's spyfest was like 8 or 9 pages and he came in under for example.
I usually start at 9 pages and try to cut to 4 pages and wind up at 5 for a 6 minute film.
If I could get an idea fully developed and down to 4 pages for a 5 minute film then I would be stoked. More than likely I would have time to give things full weight and not have to have to short change the moments to get on to he next one.
08-24-2007 06:54 PM
08-25-2007 10:31 AM
08-25-2007 10:34 PM
08-25-2007 11:52 PM
Also, I'm sure you've heard to break up your action description into no more than two
line paragraphs to make for a breezier read.
Breaking the action into two line paragraphs and skipping spaces between each paragraph
can also help make sure you've given enough page space (i.e., time) to the image you are describing.
This is nowhere near exact, but a least there is some more space to represent the time
the shot will take better than writting it one long paragrpage, which would take less space.
Last edited by Jack Daniel Stanley; 08-25-2007 at 11:57 PM.
08-27-2007 10:27 PM
I would get in trouble doing it that way. I need something more visual.
08-27-2007 10:32 PM
I hear you. Not saying breaking it up like that works, just it's a step in the right direction from a big block of text to describe lots of action which take up less space on the page.
It's always so hard to tell almost no matter what for these short ones. The page count doesn't average out as well as it does for a feature.