Working with AV scripts

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Working with AV scripts

AV scripts or Audio Visual scripts are often used when a drama script isn’t visual enough or a more detailed script is needed. Dramatify’s AV scripts are super flexible, making them useful for everything from documentaries and commercials to live entertainment, radio and webcasts.

You write AV scripts from scratch in Dramatify, and they work well for team writing. You can add a lot of different content and get it nicely separated, each with its own icon. You can create an unlimited number of episodes, and also mix them with drama scripts. AV scripts work with all other features in Dramatify that you can learn about in our FAQ & tutorial section.

STEP 1: Add a script

1.  To add a script, click on Scripts and then on the blue button labelled “Add script to production“. 

Add script

2. Select the script type you want, AV script for this tutorial.

Select script type

3. Add the title for your script

Add title to AV script

STEP 2: Add scenes to your AV script

Add scenes to your AV script by clicking on the Edit menu to the right in the orange toolbar, and then selecting “Add segment“.

Add segment or scene to AV script

STEP 3: Adding content to segments / scenes

Create your scene by adding the content you want. Note that we only show what you add.

The scene form

STEP 4: Mandatory elements

A few items are mandatory for each scene:

  • A scene number
  • A scene heading
  • Estimated segment time (i.e. how long the finished scene should be)
  • Estimated production time

With the creative content, you can add all or any of the following to a scene. Dramatify only shows the content you add.

  • Storyboard image
  • Camera instructions
  • Action / image
  • Dialogue / Sounds
  • Sound / Sound effects / Music
  • Participants (add them first in Characters or the breakdown)

STEP 5: Adding an image

The image upload is at the top of the scene input form. You can add any image you like, from proper storyboard images done by an artist, concept images or uploads from your mobile, regardless if it’s a napkin sketch, a snapshot or using a director’s app like Artemis Director’s viewfinder.

Iphone-with-Artemis-viewfinder

STEP 6 (optional): Adding characters

If you already have an idea of your story or programme, and who is going to be in the scenes, you can adding characters before writing. That makes writing and preparing the script go faster. You can also write first, and add characters later in the breakdown.

To add a character, click on the Character menu tab and then on the Edit menu icon. Now you can either select “Add character” or “Add atmosphere”. The latter are any extras that just fills out a scene so it’s not ghostly empty, like café visitors or people on the street. Atmosphere is always added in bulk and this cast do not have names added to Dramatify or access, but is handled by the casting crew.

Add character

Just fill out the character basics, we have character types for both fiction and non-fiction. In the case of non-fiction, the character name can be the same as the real name of the talent.

When you open the scene form now, you will see that the characters are added as checkboxes at the end of the scene segment. Just check the character that should appear in the scene.

Add characters to AV script

STEP 7: Adding more scenes & segments

Keep on adding new scenes and segments by adding scenes as described in STEP 2. If you do not see the Edit icon to the right in the toolbar, click first on the Admin icon to the left in the toolbar to switch to Edit mode.

Switching to edit mode

STEP 8: Editing and deleting scenes & segments

To edit or delete a scene just click on the pen to edit and the trashcan to delete.

Edit and delete AV scenes and segments

Should you not see the pen or trashcan, you are not in editing mode. Just click on the Admin icon in the toolbar to add edit.

Switching to edit mode

STEP 9: Inserting and moving scenes & segments

If you want to reshuffle your scenes, you can do one of two things:

  • In an unfinished or short script, you can open the edit window on each scene and renumber them from the end (since you can’t have two scenes with no 1).
  • Insert a letter; i.e. if you want to insert or move a scene between two existing scenes, say between scenes 1 and 2, the scene you insert or move becomes 1B, then next 1C and so on.

NOTE! Set permissions

Only users with Production Admin permission will be able to add, edit, delete and work with AV scripts and screenplays. Learn how in the Roles and Permissions article.

 

Top image by RK Productions / Flickr (CC BY)

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