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Preproduction: The Script. Specifically the Interview Script. Key Terms. A/V Format: Another name for the two-column AV script (audio/video) Traditional script format with video information on page-left and audio information on page right. Classical Dramaturgy:

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Preproduction the script

Preproduction: The Script

Specifically the Interview Script


Key terms
Key Terms

  • A/V Format:

    • Another name for the two-column AV script (audio/video)

    • Traditional script format with video information on page-left and audio information on page right.

  • Classical Dramaturgy:

    • Technique of Dramatic Composition.

  • Event Order:

    • Way event details are sequenced.

  • Fact Sheet (a.k.a. Rundown Sheet):

    • Lists the items to be shown on camera and their main features.


Key terms1
Key Terms

  • Script:

    • Written document that tells:

      • What the program is about.

      • Who says what

      • What is supposed to happen

      • What and how the audience should see and hear the event.

  • Show Format:

    • Used in routine shows to list the show segments in order of appearance.

  • Single Column Drama Script:

    • Traditional script format for TV and motion picture plays.

    • All dialogue cues are written in a single column.


Interview scripts
Interview Scripts

  • Quick Overview:

    • REMEMBER the:

      • EFFECT to CAUSE Model!  


How to prepare interview scripts
How To Prepare Interview Scripts

  • Think about these questions:

    • Do I begin in an attention getting way – to keep listeners from turning off the program?

    • What message am I trying to get across to the viewers?

    • Does my interviewee feel comfortable with the questions?

    • Have I chosen my words wisely? Will my vocabulary please or aggrevate?

    • Have I made assumptions that I shouldn’t make about my viewers’ knowledge of the subject matter?


How to prepare interview scripts1
How To Prepare Interview Scripts

  • Interview scripts should be double spaced.

    (See example on my website that will be posted Monday night, Sept. 12th.)

  • Number pages in the upper right-hand corner.

  • Number the lines, too.

    • Ex. Refer to “Line 12 on Page 4”.

  • Sentences should be completed on same page they begin.

  • Don’t staple scripts.


How to prepare interview scripts2
How To Prepare Interview Scripts

  • A floor plan or location sketch should be created.

    • Enables the director to plan camera an talent positions.

    • When preparing to film you must interpret the floor plan and/or location, adjust if needed, and make sure all roles know what to do.


Examples of floor plan
Examples of Floor Plan

  • 1 Guest, 1 Camera

    • Interviewer and guest are given the same framing and appear with equal prominence.

    • Useful if you aren't sure who will be doing most of the talking or if the talk-time is spread evenly between the interviewer and guest.

    • Casual setting, especially suitable for less formal interviews.


Examples of floor plan1
Examples of Floor Plan

  • 1 Guest, 1 Camera

    • Moving the camera to one side gives a different feel.

    • Guest is much more prominent and becomes the main focus.

    • The interviewer can face the camera at the beginning and end of the interview, but not usually during.

    • Leaves the interviewer with profile framing so your 1-shots will be reserved for the guest.

    • From time to time you can

      zoom out to a 2-shot,

      then back in to the guest.


Examples of mobile plans
Examples of Mobile Plans

  • Shoulder-Mounted Camera

    • Easy and flexible method for recording interviews.

    • most common technique for field shoots

    • standard technique is pictured here with the camera situated just to the side of the interviewer.

    • different feel to tripod/pedestal interviews.

    • Less formal, less restricted, and involve more movement.


Examples of mobile floor plan
Examples of Mobile Floor Plan

  • Tripod Mounted Interview

    • Advantages:

      • Nice steady shots

      • Reduced fatigue for the camera operator

    • Disadvantages:

      • You are much more restricted in terms of movement and framing.

      • You have another piece of equipment to carry around.


Mobile checklist
Mobile Checklist

  • Field Kit Checklist

    • Camera, tripod and plenty of tapes

    • Batteries/power + multiboxes and extension leads

    • Microphones

    • Audio mixer, headset and leads

    • Lights, stands and gels

    • Video Monitor

    • White balance cards

    • Shot-log sheets, pen, etc.


Microphones lighting
Microphones & Lighting

  • These are important things to remember when creating your floor plan.

  • We will be seeing how this affects shots in tomorrow’s lesson.


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