Working with multi-camera live/studio scripts

Working with multi-camera live/studio scripts

Our scripts for multi-camera live and studio scripts are unique on the market. Here is how to efficiently work with the live/studio scripts. 

Where do I find the script functionality?

Just click on Scripts in the sidebar menu, and select “Create live/studio script”.

In which languages can I write?

Even though the Dramatify interface is in English, you can add or write a screenplay in any language, including right-to-left languages like Arabic, Hebrew and Farsi.

Technical script view and minimal script view

The live/studio script comes with two script views:

  • The default technical script view will all script information, including cameras, audio, graphics, screens and notes.
  • The minimal script view that focuses on scriptwriting for writers, editors and talent.

You toggle the view on and off by clicking on “Technical script” to the left above the script.

Live & studio technical script

Dark-mode view for shooting

Often, you don’t want a set brightly lit by the light from a number of screens. That’s why we created the darkmode view for crew to be able to read the live & studio script on their tablets or phones, without a disturbing glare.

To switch to dark-mode, just go to the Edit menu in the toolbar and click on Dark mode.

Studio-live scripts - dark mode

Multi-script productions – episodes and series

If you work with a series, please learn more about how to work with episodes and series.

Add a script

To start writing your script, click on Scripts in the sidebar menu, and then Create Live/studio script.

add studio-live script

 

Script settings

On the script setting page, start with adding a title, and then decide which information your technical script should contain. The script settings contain settings for the columns and content for the technical script.

Settings for the technical script

Scene number and scene heading are default information. Synopsis will only be shown in scheduling and call sheets to differentiate scenes with similar scene headings.

Source is the source from where the content is coming; live, music, EVS, studio, speaker, and so on. You can also add scene notes, set, and cast and character information if you’d like.

In the scene content section, you can show information in the order you like by selecting column order. You can also turn off columns that you don’t need. You can at any time add another content column, should you need it.

The timing section

The timing section might need som explanation.  Scene length is self-explanatory while running time is all scene time added together, scene after scene so you can keep track of total length.

Instead of running time, you can use real time. That means if you have a show starting at 8 pm, you can add that start time, and Dramatify will track at which time each segment should start – in real time.

Say that the show starts at 8 o’clock at night with a 10 second intro, then a thirty second promo of today’s show, followed by the 60 second opening scene

Real time will then be:

Intro: 20:00.10
Promo: 20:00:40
Opening scene: 20:01:40

You can also use reverse time to see exactly how much time you have left after each scene, that is, it counts the time backwards. To use reverse time, you need to know the exact total length of the finished material. Reversed time can be added after you have written the script if you are uncertain of final total length.

When you are done with your settings, you just click save.

Live-Studio Script settings

Write a scene

If you have just added a script, you will automatically be forwarded to the script page, and just click “Add scene” to begin.

If the script already have been added, you click on Scripts in the side bar menu.

Start writing

To start writing, add the scene number and the scene heading, then the other information – as much or as little as you need.

Add characters/cast and sets

To add characters/cast and sets to your production, you can either do it before or during writing by adding characters/cast and sets under Characters and Sets respectively in the sidebar menu. Learn more through our tutorials on Characters and Sets.

You can also add characters/cast and sets, along with scene items, breakdown notes, and director’s notes, in the breakdown after your script is done. That is the most efficient method for larger productions. Learn more in our tutorial on breakdown.

Add scene content

Then click in the script text area to start writing. Now you will see the styles menu appear, where you can select Action or Dialogue. This will put an icon before any action or dialogue, letting team members know what each line is, but also selecting this content for later teleprompter export.

You can write without using the action and dialogue styles, but you will then not be able to select only dialogue for teleprompter export but will get all text.

To add more action or dialogue, just hit enter and the marker be on the next line with a new icon in front of it. Use the styles menu if you want to switch from dialogue to action, or the reverse.

You then tab or click to add information to the camera, audio, graphics and screen columns.

Add segment – keeping content inline

To keep scene information inline with each other, you add a new segment by clicking on the link underneath the editor.  Each segment’s information  will then line up with each other.

When you are done, just click save scene.

Live/studio script - add scene

 

 

 

Live/studio scripts - the content editor
Studio/Live scripts - scene editor

RTL languages

If you write in a right-to-left language, like arabic, hebrew or farsi, click on the right-to-left button to the right in the editor toolbar. As you see the cursor moves to the right hand side of the textarea.

Studio/Live scripts - scene editor for RTL - Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi

Editing a scene

To edit a scene, just click on the pen icon on the right hand side of the scene. If you can’t see it, it means that you do not have Admin permissions and therefore haven’t the right to edit the script.

Live-Studio Scripts, edit scene

Adding a new scene between two existing ones

Sometimes you realise that you have missed a scene, and need to add a new scene between two existing scenes.

Just add a new scene and give it the scene number where you want to add it. All following scenes will be pushed down in order.

Re-ordering scenes

If you simply want to reorder scenes, or switch the order of two scenes, click on Reorder scenes. Here you can simply use the cross-shaped icon to drag and drop your scenes in the order you want them.
Click to save the new scene order.

Live-Studio script, re-order scenes

Live-Studio script, re-order scenes

Deleting a scene

To delete a scene, click on the pen icon. In the scene editor, click on the red “Delete scene” button at the bottom right of the editor.

Live-studio scripts, delete a scene

Deleting a script

To delete an entire script, click the Edit menu in the toolbar and select Script settings.

You’ll find the delete button at the bottom right of the settings page.

Change script title

To change the script title, click the Edit menu in the toolbar and select Script settings. At the top of the page you can change the script title and then save the change.

Adding, re-ordering or removing columns in the script

To change any column settings in the script, click the Edit menu in the toolbar and select Script settings. 

Make the changes you want to the columns and save.

Printing the script

If you want to print a script, you just use the print command in the web browser. You can choose to print your script in portrait mode or landscape, and also if you want background colors or not.

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