October 23, 2015 at 7:07PM, Edited October 23, 7:07PM
Shot listing and desgining
Hi good folk. I am currently attempting to get the shots for my short ready and I have a few questions regarding plotting these shots on the script.
I am still at high school so the technique they have taught me regarding plotting shots on a script seems to be different from some ways i've seen. I have been told to do a separate slug line for each shot and describe it
CU PAUL - 3 SEC
MCU LOW ANGLE DAVEY -- TRACKING BACK
Then follow that by the direction and dialogue.
Now this has worked for doing the short High School films and it got me my marks so I did it. But I feel as if this isn't very efficient for some of the longer things I'm starting to do (the script I'm working on had jumped from 7 pages to 10 just by adding in about half the shots) and it does make using the script quite cluttered.
I have seen a process where you draw lines along the margin of the script and label them with what shot they are and how long they are.
Now i'm not sure if that is a viable technique, or if the way I'm doing it currently is OK or could be made easier/ streamlined; or if there is a completely different way that I could plan my shots.
I have zilch money, so I use Trelby screenwriting software that has served me well so far, I'm not sure if that will hinder this process too much.
Any help and ideas that you could give would be fantastic!