Episodes & Series

Working with episodes and series

The episode functionality makes it easy to work both with series, and add different content to a production such as trailers, promos, behind the scenes documentaries or other content around your main production.

Where do I find the episode functionality?

Where do I find the episode functionality?

You’ll find the episode functionality under it’s own headline in the right sidebar menu IF you have turned on the episode functionality when you set up your production. If you have not, no worries! Read “Adding episode functionality” below to learn how to turn it on now!

Episode menu

The many uses for the episode feature

The many uses for the episode feature

Episodes works with both drama screenplays and  AV scripts for any kind of series. A few suggestions:

  • any production that needs more than one episode
  • TV-series shooting in ‘blocks’
  • mix script formats in a feature film or short film production, and let the feature is one episode, and you use other episodes for the behind the scenes documentary, trailers, promos and web video specials.
  • use the AV scripts and episodes to storyboard certain sequences in the feature film for creative clarity or insurance requirements

Adding episode functionality

Adding episode functionality

You either add episode functionality when you set up your production,or you can add it afterwards. To set it up afterwards, just go to Production, click the edit menu in the orange toolbar and then on Edit production in the right hand toolbar menu.
Edit production
Change episode settings

The episode setting is just below the production title at the top. To change the setting from single episode, just click on “multiple episodes”. If there are no episode settings, you have already added the multiple episode functionality.

Change episode settings
Add teams

If you want different teams handling different episodes, also add more teams below the episode setting by clicking on the teams you want to add. Save your new settings.

Add teams
The episode menu item

Now you will see that an episode menu have been added to the sidebar menu of your production.

Episode menu
 

Setting up episodes

Setting up episodes

To start using episodes, you need to set up the different episodes. Click on Episodes in the sidebar menu, and then on the add icon to the right in the orange toolbar.

Add new episode
Episode names

Start filling out the required information. Note that if you are not doing a traditional series, but rather using the episode feature for promos, trailers and other content you do not need to fill out a short name that contains an episode name. Instead you can write Trailer#1 or similar.

Teams and block production

You need at least one team tied to the production. If you only have one team in the general production settings, only that team will show up in the episode settings. If you add more teams in the general production settings as shown above, you can let different episodes be produced by different teams. It might be different teams in different locations or different teams for different kinds of content.

If you do a TV drama series, it’s also common to produce in blocks with different teams assigned to different blocks, and you can set this up here by using the team functionality.

Production periods

If you work with a production that will have a large number of episodes, like a daily talkshow or a telenovela, filling out correct production periods become more important, as they are not only information to the team but also helps you and your team members to easier view which are the current episodes without having to search or scroll through long lists of episodes.

If you do a production with a limited number of episodes, they can match the general production periods if that is easier for you. Save your new settings.

New episode settings
 

Episode listings

Episode listings

The episode listings makes it easy to find your episode depending on production status. All current episodes are found directly on the page. Use the menu to find episodes in pre-production, production and post-production respectively.

Note: If you can’t find an episode, look under “All”.  An episode before its pre-production period or past its post-production period will be found there.

Episode listing
 

Adding scripts

Adding scripts

To add a script to your episode, click on the episode titleThen click on the link “Create script for episode”.

Create script for episode

Add script

Now you can either add a drama screenplay or a non-fiction AV script. You can mix script types in the same production. The only rule is one script per episode.
A tip: You can use AV scripts to storyboard sequences in a fiction film and mix those into planning and call sheets.

Learn more on how to use drama screenplays and AV scripts in our tutorials.

Add episode script
 

Add an existing script to a new episode

Add an existing script to a new episode

If you have a single episode production that already have a script, and you want to add more episodes, do the following:

  • Add episode functionality in the production settings as described above
  • Add a new episode or episodes as described above
  • Click on Create script in the episode where you want the existing script
  • Now you will be asked to which episode you want to add the existing script to. You must add the existing, unlinked script to an episode before you can add any new scripts to other episodes.
Add existing script to episode
 

Which team members are working on an episode?

Which team members are working on an episode?

To find out who is working on your episode, click on Episodes in the side bar menu, then the episode name in the episode listing and then on team.
To set up that function, do the following:

  • When you add team members, select which team they belong to. You can also add team members to a team by editing each team member’s settings and adding them to the proper team. Learn more in the team tutorial.
  • In the episode settings (see above), select which team should work on the episode.
Episode team
 

View episodes in the scene list

View episodes in the scene list

In the scene list, you can select to view only scenes from a specific episode. Click on Scenes in the sidebar menu to go to the scene list. Then click on Filter scenes. In the first dropdown menu, you can select the episode you want to view.

Scene list-view episode
 

Filter on episodes in the scheduling

Filter on episodes in the scheduling

In the scheduling, you can filter on episode. This means that you can either schedule each episode on their own, or mix episode scenes based on set, character and / or time of day for instance.

Click on Planning in the sidebar menu, and then on Scheduling in the toolbar. Underneath “Scenes” in the scene column, you find Filter scenes. Click on it and you can filter the unscheduled scenes on Season (S) and Episode (E) amongst other things. Learn more about scheduling in the tutorial.

Scheduling-filter episodes
 

How to work with episodes in call sheets

How to work with episodes in call sheets

Call sheets accepts the scenes you put in them, and therefore you can mix scenes from different episodes, and even different script types; should you need that.

Since each team can have their own call sheet, different teams can work on different episodes on the same shooting dates.
You easily switch team call sheets, by clicking on the team icons below the the call sheet heading.

Call sheets for TV, film & scripted virtual reality
 
 

 

Top photo by Pedro Ribeiro Simões/Flickr of a Paula Rego tryptich, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (CC BY 2.0)

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