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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.