Column Shooting Script
script contains a very elaborate description of all shots, locations,
character, action, sound and technical details of the film. Shooting
script serves the following functions.
- The shooting script is a breakdown of all all camera placements
and movements. All shots must have bolded shot descriptions::
ECU- extreme close up/ CU- close
up / MCU- medium close up / LS-
long shot or FS- full shot/ ELS-
extreme long shot/ OTS- over the shoulder / XO-
Cross-Shots-/ BEV- Bird’s Eye View/ 2S-FS
- two shot full shot / WEV- Worms Eye View.
- Remember to include changes in camera angles and height in
your descriptions as well.
- Every shot you chose should be motivated by the action and emotion
in the script. Remember that your audience is looking for clues
to understanding the details of your story.
- Remember WALLDO when visualizing your shots:
(Wide, Angles, Linking shots, Low angles, Depth, Opposites)
- Any special effects or titles should also included in the shot
- The shooting script also divides the film into separate locations.
Therefore, all locations can be fixed and the possible shooting
problems inherent in these locations can be foreseen.
- The script can be a guide in determining the exact length of
the film by mentally timing out each shot.
- The script provides a break-down for the actors as to which
shots and scenes they will be appearing in, when they will be
needed during shooting.
- The shooting script includes the exact dialogue and
sound you will hear at each precise moment of production.
Sample Scene- In the drawing room of a house, a mother is pleading
with the father. But the father remains stubborn. Their son is
ease dropping on their conversations with a pistol in his hand.