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Hack 7. Create a Two-Column Script

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TableDialoginatwo-columnscript

Video



Audio



TWOSHOTLafeuisonabluevelvetcouchand

Countessisstandingtohisleft.



Lafeu:Hecannotwantthebest.That

shallattendhislove.



TRACKINGSHOTCountesswalkstowardthe

doorandleaves.



Countess:Heavenblesshim!

Farewell,Bertram.



Asyoucantell,thereismoredetailedinformationaboutthesetting.Butforthis

typeofentertainment,atwo-columnscriptisprobablymoreworkthanis

necessary.

So,whenshouldyouuseatwo-columnscript?Well,thereisnohardandfast

rule,butifyoudonothaveascriptandyouhavecapturedyourfootage,atwocolumnscriptcouldbecomeyourmostprizedpossession.



1.8.2.SettingUpaTwo-ColumnScript

IfyouownMicrosoftWord,settingupatwo-columnscriptisfairly

straightforward:

1. Createanewdocument.

2. ChooseTable



Insert



Table….



3. Forthenumberofcolumns,enter2.

4. Forthenumberofrows,enter10.

5. ClickOK.

Afterthetablehasbeeninsertedintoyourdocument,youshouldenterthe



headingsofVideointhefirstcolumnandAudiointhesecondcolumn.



1.8.3.WritingwithaTwo-ColumnScript

Ifyouarewritingyourscriptbeforeshootingyourscene,youwillwantto

includedescriptionsofanyactiontooccuronscreen.Inadditiontodescriptions

ofaction,youwillwanttoincludeinformationaboutcameramovements.This

typeofscriptcanbetedioustowrite,butitwilleffectivelycommunicateyour

visiontoeveryoneworkingontheproject.

Whenworkingonadocumentary,oranytimeyouareattemptingtoweavea

storyafterfootageacquisition,atwo-columnscriptmightbecomeyouronly

roadmaptosuccessfulcompletion.Withsuchprojects,itisimportanttonote

boththetapenumber[Hack#3]andtimecode[Hack#48]ofthefootageyou

wouldliketouse.Agoodsetoftapelogs[Hack#5]willalsoproveinvaluable

duringthisprocess.Table1-2showsanexampleofwhatatwo-columnscript

lookslike,whenincludingtapeandtimecodeinformation.

TableAnexampletwo-columnscript

Video



Audio



DVH001-02:04:14



(voice-over-toberecorded)



Davidsittingathiscomputer,playing

Solitaire.



Workingaerialsearchandrescuetakes

yearsoftraining…



DVH032-00:25:15



DVH011-01:13:50



CUofwalkie-talkie.



AirFive,wehavea920-Alphaatthe

Crest.Pleaserespond.



DVH003-00:49:29



10-4.Respondingnow.



Davidrunningtohishelicopter,speakinginto

thewalkie-talkie.



(con't)



(voice-over-toberecorded)

…andtheabilitytoremaincalmunder

pressure.



Don'tworryaboutbeingframe-accuratewithyourscripts.Frame

accuracyisimportantonlyduringtheeditingprocess.Thepreceding

scriptusestheHH:MM:SStimecodeformat.



Thepreviousscripthasafewinterestingitems.Inthefirstrow,noticethevideo

isfromfootagethathasalreadybeenshotbuttheaudioiscomingfromavoiceover,whichhasyettoberecorded.Weknowthevoice-overhasnotbeen

recorded,becausethereisnotapenumberandnotimecodeassociatedwithit.

Inthesecondrow,thevideoisaclose-upshotofawalkie-talkieandtheaudiois

comingfromadifferenttape.Sincethereisnovisualcuetoindicatewhatis

beingsaidoverthewalkie-talkie,Ihavechosentouseaudiofromanothertape

thatIfeelmovesmystoryinthedirectionIwouldliketotakeit.Infact,the

audiofromtapeDVH011isbackgroundaudiothatwasobtainedbyaccident.

Rowsfourandfiveareofthesubject,David,runningtowardhishelicopter

whilespeakingintohiswalkie-talkie.Again,thevoice-overportionhasnotyet

beenrecorded.



1.8.4.EditingwithaTwo-ColumnScript



Ifyouareeditingaprojectandyouhaveatwo-columnscript,yourjobisgoing

tobealoteasierthanwithoutone.Youareprovidedboththetapenumberand

timecodeoftheaudioorvideoyouneed,somostofyourinitialdecisionswillbe

madeforyou.Themajorityofyourearlyworkwillrequireyoutolocatethe

mostsuitableout-pointforyouredits,andthenyouwilljusthavetomakeyour

editssmooth[Hack#46].Forthemostpart,however,youshouldbeableto

concentrateonthestorylineoftheproject.

Afteryouhavedigitizedyourfootage,yousimplyneedtolocatethereferenced

audioorvideoandaddittoyourtimelineappropriately.Asyoumovedown

yourscript,youwillmovetotherightonyourtimeline,continuallylayeringin

theaudioandvideotogether.Ifyou'veeverworkedwithalotoffootageandno

script,you'lllovethefocusatwo-columnscriptprovides…nottomentionthe

amountoftimeitsaves.



Hack8.BuildYourOwnAppleBox



Appleboxessimplewoodenboxes,commonlyfoundaroundtelevisionand

filmsetscanbeusedforavarietyofpurposesonanyshoot.They'realso

easytobuild.

Somecommonitemsyoumightfindlyingaroundyourhomecanbecome

indispensabletoolswhenshootingyourvideo.Itemssuchasclothespins[Hack

#25]arenotonlycheap,buthighlyfunctionalaswell.Thesameholdstruefor

scrappiecesofwood.

Appleboxesarewoodboxesthatareusedforeverythingfromproppingup

camerastobeingusedasstepstools,andtheyarepracticalworkhorsesonany

shoot.Usingsomescrapwood,orwoodboughtfromalumberyard,youcan

buildyourown.Ifyoudon'twanttobuildyourownappleboxes,theycanbe

purchasedfromplacessuchasFilmTools(http://www.filmtools.com;$31.00)or

B&H(http://www.bhphotovideo.com;$34.95).



1.9.1.GatheringtheSupplies

Thesuppliesnecessarytobuildanappleboxareprettylimited.Ifyouhavesome

scrapwoodlyingaround,useit.Otherwise,purchasetherequiredwoodata

localhomeimprovementstoreorlumberyard.Thepriceofthewoodwillvary

dependingonthetypeofwoodandcurrentmarketconditions.Howeveryougo

aboutgettingyourwood,youwillneedsixpiecesperapplebox,twopiecesin

eachofthefollowingdimensions:

1/2"x7"x11"

1/2"x7"x20"

1/2"x12"x20"



Theresultingfullappleboxshouldmeasure8incheshigh,12incheswide,and

20incheslong.Youcouldalsobuildsmallerhalf(4incheshigh),quarter(2

incheshigh),andeighthapple(1inchhigh)sizes.Figure1-9showspiecesof

scrapwood,cuttosizeforafullappleboxandplacedtogethertocheckthe

dimensions.

Figure1-9.Checkingthepiecestoensureaproperfit



Inadditiontothewood,youwillalsoneedsomenailsorscrews,alongwitha

hammerorscrewdriver.Ifyouhaveaccesstootherwoodshoptools,andare

comfortableusingthem,youcanusethemasyouseefit.

Althoughit'snotnecessary,havingadrillwillhelpyoutocreatehandlesinthe

sidesofthebox.Tocreateahandle,drilltwoholesinthecenterofthe7"x11"

pieces,withtheholesabout3inchesapart.Thensawacross,fromoneholeto

another,andpunchoutthebridge.Figure1-10showsaholebeingdrilledinone

ofthe7"x11"piecesinordertocreateahandle.

Figure1-10.Drillinghandles



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