Getting started with SCRIPTtoMOVIE®
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BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO SCRIPTtoMOVIE®:

 

SCRIPTtoMOVIE® works across platforms.

Your work is generated in your browser. Please use the most current versions of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. In Mac OS X you can also use Safari. We advise strongly to avoid Microsoft Internet Explorer while working with SCRIPTtoMOVIE®.

All reports and lists are being generated as PDFs by SCRIPTtoMOVIE®. You will need a PDF reader in order to open them.


At this time the SCRIPTtoMOVIE® is not available for use with a touch screen tablet.

 

 

NEW PROJECT

 

Please first check whether another team member has already set up this project. This is important because projects CANNOT be merged!

 

You must register on SCRIPTtoMOVIE® and activate your account. After that, you can start your own projects or join existing ones at any time.

1. Go to User Settings/New Project. User settings are in the upper right corner under the symbol: einstellungen benutzer passiv

2. Enter the project name. Important: project names cannot be changed!

3. Give the project a short name.

4. Select a category in the category field and follow the instructions.

 

 

INVITE YOUR CAST AND CREW TO YOUR PROJECT

To be able to work active on a project, you need to be registered with SCRIPTtoMOVIE®. Please inform your cast andcrew members about it.

The registration link is: https://app.scripttomovie.com/StoM/open/register
Only after successful registration you can invite your cast and crew member as active users in your project.

 

Cast actors

Actors can not be cast on the adressbook site. To cast an actor you need to navigate to CHARACTERS and choose the character you want to cast.

Use either the casting module or create an actor manually. Once you have cast an actor or actress, he or she will also appear in the address book and therefore, if activated, also on the cast list.


Add registered crew memembers directly from the SCRIPTtoMOVIE® network:

1. Search for your crew member in the section SCRIPTtoMOVIE® USER
2. Mark your crew member
3. Determine the function/role of your crew member in your project
4. Copy your crew memeber in your project
5. Invite your crew member in your project

Depending on the the project access your project is running on, you or your team member might need to pay for the access.


Manually create crew members who are not registered with SCRIPTtoMOVIE®.

1. Click on the "+" next to "Show my address book"
2. Fill in the name and address fields.
3. Determine the function/role of your crew member in your project
4. Save

 

Assign a manually created cast or crew member to a registred SCRIPTtoMOVIE® user:

1. Select the cast or crew member in your project address book.
2. Locate the cast or crew meber in the SCRIPTtoMOVIE® Network
3. Click on the arrow on the right of the user name in the network section
4. Click INVITE AS ACTIVE USER INTO PROJECT

Depending on the the project access your project is running on, you or your team member might need to pay for the access.

 

 

IMPORT SCRIPT

FORMATTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTOMATED SCRIPT IMPORT

You can only import scripts in PDF format. While the program used to write your script is irrelevant for importing purposes, we recommend Final Draft. What is important is that it uses the internationally recognized format for scripts – see the explanation below. If the script is not formatted correctly, the pages will be imported individually as images. You would then have to enter the information manually after import.

 

Tutorial: formating a script / import

 

In general, the following should be noted:

Each scene begins with the header, which should always have the same format:

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A Scene number - no period

B Internal or External indicator. Always use INT. or EXT. in UPPERCASE and a period at the end.

C Set name always written in UPPERCASE, no hyphens, do not use quotation marks, use slashes to specify your set name

D Always place a hyphen and a blank space before DAY/NIGHT.

 

Character/Dialog:

Place the name of the character before each dialog line. The name of the character must be written entirely in UPPERCASE.

E Always write the name of the character in UPPERCASE. Avoid special characters including parentheses.

F Feelings always in parentheses. Parentheses must always be closed.

G Draft the dialog as you wish. All special characters except parentheses are allowed.

H Always write stage directions left-justified in a continuous text. DO NOT put the first word in all caps because it will be misidentified as a character name. Otherwise, no restrictions on stage direction drafting.

 

 

RELEASING SCRIPTS INTO THE SYSTEM:

Please check first whether the import of a version was completed successfully. Check all scene numbers, shooting locations and character names. You can do this by going to: PROJECT SETTINGS>SCRIPT>SCRIPT IMPORT/SETTINGS

If everything appears correct, release the version to the system. If there is already an active version in the system, both versions will be compared. Scenes that continue to be included are copied. The existing shooting schedule in the system is adjusted automatically. New scenes are placed in the parking lot while deleted scenes are no longer displayed. The shooting schedule must be reviewed and re-approved for release.
Any information added to existing scenes is copied to the new version and is not lost. Old versions are available for viewing at any time, but can no longer be edited.

 

Videotutorial: Copy preperation in new draft

 

Releasing shooting schedules to the system:

As shooting schedules are released, breakdowns for all trades are automatically updated.

Once released, schedules can no longer be edited! Copy the schedule if you wish to work on it.

You can always re-release an older version of a shooting schedule to the system.

 

Roles with approval privileges can decide when to release their work in the system. The same applies to imported scripts or processed shooting schedules.

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NOT YET RELEASED

Only you can see the status of your work.

 

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RELEASED

The status of your work is released to the system and is made visible to all. If a shooting schedule is released, all relevant extracts, lists, etc. are automatically adjusted. The active schedule can not be edited. If you need to edit the schedule, please make a copy.

 

SCENE SPLITTING

Since SCRIPTtoMOVIE® combines all information, it is necessary to keep things organized. There are several situations where scene splitting seems appropriate:

     

Photo, video or VFX pre-production within a scene

 

Actors or subjects are not consistently available and a scene must be spread over two or more days of shooting.

 

The time of day or off-times force you to shoot parts of a scene in the morning and the rest in the afternoon. For example, if you wish to wait for the ideal position of the sun, or an actor or a set is only available at certain times.

 

Scene splitting can be accomplished in two ways:

1. Under the main navigation point SCRIPT, click in the header, to the right of the scene title

2. Under the main navigation point PLANNING, click under HORIZONTAL SHOOTING SCHEDULE or VERTICAL SHOOTING SCHEDULE, to the right or directly on the strips.

 

Scene splitting always results in copying all the information about the scene that has already been recorded. Therefore, click on the Copy icon to split the scene.

 

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Copy/Split
Clicking this icon either under SCRIPT or directly on the shooting schedule will copy the scene. A window will open offering options from which you must select. SCRIPTtoMOVIE® will arrange the copied or split scene depending on the copy category.

 

Split categories:

Split scene: If you need to split a scene for logistical reasons

Photo pre-production: If the scene contains a photo that needs to be pre-produced separately prior to the scene itself. For photo pre-production, you can redefine the set name as well as INTERIOR/EXTERIOR and DAY/NIGHT settings as required.

Video pre-production: If the scene contains a video that that needs to be produced separately prior to the scene itself. For video pre-production, you can redefine the set name as well as INTERIOR/EXTERIOR and DAY/NIGHT settings as required.

VFX pre-production: If the scene is shot, for example, in the studio against a green screen and you need to shoot the background for it separately. The same applies if you shoot a scene with rear-projection and the background must be pre-produced. For VFX pre-production, you can redefine the set name as well as INTERIOR/EXTERIOR and DAY/NIGHT settings as required.

 

The scene number is automatically adjusted and suffixed according to the category.

Split scene: The original scene is suffixed with -1 whereas the copied scene is suffixed with -2. If the scene is split again, it is suffixed with -3, etc.

For example, scene 45 would become 45-1 and 45-2 and 45-3 etc.

 

Photo pre-production: The original scene retains the scene number without suffix. The copied scene is suffixed with F1 (and then consecutive numbers)

For example, scene 45 becomes 45 and 45-F1

 

Video pre-production: The original scene retains the scene number without suffix. The copied scene is suffixed with V1 (and then consecutive numbers)

For example, scene 45 becomes 45 and 45-V1

 

VFX pre-prod.: The original scene retains the scene number without suffix. The copied scene retains the scene number with the VFX1 suffix (and then consecutive numbers)

For example, scene 45 becomes 45 and 45-VFX1