FILM SCRIPT (working model)

Video Script

Ext. Rocks at beaches edge – mid day

Standing on the shore, BD is looking into the camera and speaks with energy and excitement.
BD
Hay!  I’m Brad and this is a story about….well…telling a story.  It is also about making a film, about sound and lights, color and angles, but, even more about that later!

Multiple Ext. Camera shot starts with BD and then jumps to each location with continued voice
BD (V.O.)
First a little about me…

I live here (pointing out into the bay, daytime with good light)

I grew-up here (fast motion of Wickford Harbor) and as a kid I worked on this boat (pan across the boat from bow to stern)

I lived here…and down there….and over there…and in there (with shots of each)

I went to high school here...

I have been a teacher of middle school for a bunch of years and now work with her (shot of Hilarie from far away then zoom to close in)

Ext. Rocks at beaches edge – mid day

Standing on the shore, BD is looking into the camera and speaks with energy and excitement.
BD
I love video and film.  My passion is working with people like to create discussions about important things.  I have put together some footage of “good” and “bad” shots for you to get some ideas about making your film… Enjoy!

Will have black screens with traveling words labeling each section

            Section 1: Sound (bold text)

            Section 2: Light (bold text)

            Section 3: Shot Types (bold text)
            Close-up
Int. Living room with three people talking.  Two on couch and one in chair facing stage left of couch.
BD (V.O.)
Here we have a seen with three people sitting and talking.  I am not giving you any sound because I want you to focus on the shots.  The first is a close-up.  A feeling of involvement and participation.  You are there with them!
            Medium Shot
Int. Living room with three people talking.  Two on couch and one in chair facing stage left of couch.
BD (V.O.)
Same scene now from a little bit back.  The advantage is that you get to see all the people but you are now a little removed from the conversation.  More of an outsider.
            Long Shot
Int. Living room with three people talking.  Two on couch and one in chair facing stage left of couch.
BD (V.O.)
Now we are far off watching the action.  What is nice is you get to see the people and their positions relative to each other and how the dynamics of there interactions happens in a physical way.
Over the shoulder
Int.  Living room with three people talking.  Two on couch and one in chair facing stage left of couch.
BD (V.O.)
This is a very personal shot.  We are in effect looking over the shoulder of the person talking or the person being talked to.
Two-Shot
Int.  Living room with three people talking.  Two on couch and one in chair facing stage left of couch.
BD (V.O.)
This is similar to the over the shoulder but it places more of a balance on the importance of the characters in the shot.  You can go back and forth with the camera as the conversation changes.

            Section 4: Camera Angles (bold text)
Ext.  Three people having a conversation on the porch in front of the house.
High Angle
BD (V.O.)
From up here we can see all the action!
Normal Angle
BD (V.O.)
This is the everyday standby shot.
Low Angle
BD (V.O.)
From down here we get a different feel…and dirty pants…

            Section 5: Motion (bold text)
Ext. Three people having a conversation on the porch in front of the house.
Dolly shot
BD (V.O.)
A dolly shot moves in towards or away from the people talking.  Might also call this zooming in or out but we are moving the camera.
Tracking shot
BD (V.O.)
This shot moves across the people having the conversation.  The whole camera is moving here.
Pan
BD (V.O.)
Move the camera from left to right on a single pivot point.  This is easiest to do with a tripod!
Tilt
BD (V.O.)
Another example of the camera pivoting.  This time the camera goes from up to down or down to up.  Again, this is easiest to do with a tripod.

            Section 6: Scripting and Story Boarding (bold text)
Int. at computer working with a script and drawing out a story-board.  BD looks up from his work and talks into the camera.
BD (V.O.)
Now that we have learned about all the different camera angles and shots, its time to write a script and create a story board.  The script is the story.  You need to get a clear story down on paper BEFORE you start filming our your story will not be clear to your audience.  The script tells everyone where they are, what they are doing and what they are going to say.  Everyone involved needs to have a copy of the script!  The story board gives the director and camera operator a clear vision of what the scene should look like and helps the actors act.

            Section 7: Editing
Int.  Sitting at the computer editing video
BD (V.O.)
Hey again!  I am glad that we could spend this together and hope that you are inspired to go create!  I have some editing to do.

BD
Do you know what is important to me?  You guys and learning!  Take a look… (camera turns to the computer screen and then fades to a quick student montage)

Ext. Road in front of house.  Tight in head-shot to start.  With camera still, BD walks a way a little, turns talks, turns away again.  Fade out)

BD
Well, I hope you enjoyed the film and have learned a little too.  If you did not get it all don’t worry.  You can watch it anytime and I will be helping you along the way!  Remember, you do make a difference.  How big it is, is up to you!

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