I'll be filming a music video next month and it's pretty much a mini movie, which will be great because it's for my band and will be my first movie in 20+ years, and everyone involved is thrilled and excited.
I wrote a script for it and that went great. I've learned not to include planned shots in the script, there's not a single "WE SEE" or "CU" in it, etc. It just tells the scene setttings, what action happens, and any dialog (which in this case, there really won't be, it'll all be ad-libbed and covered over with the music anyway).
But now, as director, I need to start planning my shots. I took the spec script and jotted notes to myself how I'd like to do each scene. In many cases they are broken up into several shots.
For example (spec script):Code:INT APARTMENT STAIRWELL - DAY Derek comes down from his apartment and is ambushed by Amelie, who suddenly reveals herself from the shadows. She confronts him and pleads with him, but he brushes her off. He finally has to push her away and leaves. She collapses to the floor, holding her belly and crying.(contains shots, numbered):What's the standard way to reformat this so that the shots are distinctly identified yet still indicate the overall scene? And then that would be used for planning daily shooting schedules, making sure we got all the shots needed, setups, etc.Code:84 - FS stairway, looking up, follow Derek to reveal Amelie 85 - CU Derek, reaction 86 - MS 2 shot Derek, Amelie, dolly around to rev MS, tilt down, follow Amelie to floor
I was going to do this way, but not sure if this is "proper". I'd like it to be something I can hand off to actors and not have them freak out over.
(shooting script?)Would this work or is there a preferred way?Code:INT APARTMENT STAIRWELL - DAY 84 FS Derek, coming down stairs from his apartment. Follow to reveal Amelie, emerging from shadows beside stairs. 85 CU Derek's reaction. 86 MS 2 shot Amelie confronts Derek and pleads with him, but he brushes her off. Dolly around for Rev MS. Derek pushes her away and leaves. Tilt down follow Amelie collapsing to floor, holding her belly and crying.
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10-03-2005 12:06 PM
10-03-2005 01:19 PM
Yes, do what makes you happy. It's for your benifit, right?
Failing that, just mention like you did what shots what you want in each sentence or description in the script. I'd also number the scenes as well. So you can break up how many locations you need per day/week etc.
10-04-2005 04:08 PM
Thanks! I actually found a filmmaking site with a sample shooting script on it.
And it pretty much does what I thought but also numbers the scenes as you suggested.
It keeps the basic script format but makes it easy to identify scenes and shots.
DISSOLVE TO: SCENE 22. INT. APARTMENT STAIRWELL - DAY 84 F.S. Derek, coming down stairs from his apartment. PAN PULL TO REVEAL Amelie, emerging from shadows beside stairs. 85 C.U. Derek's reaction. 86 TWO SHOT of Amelie confronting Derek. She pleads with him, but he brushes her off. SPIN AROUND to Derek. He pushes her away and leaves. SLOW PUSH on Amelie, TILT FOLLOW as she falls to the floor, holding her belly and crying. DISSOLVE TO: SCENE 23. EXT. CITY STREETS - DAY 87 CAR DOLLY FOLLOWS Amelie as she walks along the sidewalk, still clutching her belly in agony. (etc.)
We'll still use the spec script for auditions, but this will definitely be helpful in planning the shooting schedule.
Thanks for the suggestions and advice!