09.30.2016 Handout

First lecture 09.30.16

Prof. Bzymek

Order of documents for film development

Synopsis – short, present tense

Scene cards – scene order

Treatment – long document (40 pages) with descriptions of camera movement etc.

Script – 1 minute per page



Shooting script


1.Thumbnails (pencil – gesture)

2. Roughs (pencil – aspect ratio and framing)

—show director—

3. Roughs II

3. Finals (ink)

Essential vocabulary

scene. : a division of an act in a play during which the action takes place in a single place without a break in time. : a part of a play, movie, story, etc., in which a particular action or activity occurs. : a view or sight that looks like a picture.

In filmmaking and video production, a shot is a series of frames, that runs for an uninterrupted period of time. (from when the camera starts to when it stops)

In film, a sequence is a series of scenes that form a distinct narrative unit, which is usually connected either by unity of location or unity of time.

In filmmaking, video production, animation, and related fields, a film frame or video frame is one of the many still images which compose the complete moving picture.

A frame of a storyboard is a single cell of the storyboard document which can represent both a shot or a keyframe.

source: wikipedia.com

6 BASIC TYPES OF SHOTS: Abbreviations

1. ECU

2. CU

3. MS

4. FS

5. WS or LS

6. EWS or ELS

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