How to create a Running Order stripboard & report

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How to create a Running Order stripboard

Great news! A Running Order stripboard is automatically added to your Dramatify production as you create your shooting schedule. You can customise the report in a lot of ways to fit everything from a one-liner to a costume continuity or cast schedules.

Overview

If you want to read a feature overview of stripboards, go to:

Where do I find Running Order?

The stripboard is located under the “Stripboard” menu. Click on Running Order in the orange toolbar.

The Stripboard colours

Below you find the stripboard colours for drama screenplays and AV scripts. They build on the standard industry colours, but where they are lacking (dawn, morning, dusk, evening) we have added our own. Note that the Running Order stripboard colours for rundown for entertainment build on the source colours.

 

Stripboard colours: INT dawn/morning

INT. DAWN

INT. MORNING

Stripboard colours EXT. Dawn

EXT. DAWN

EXT. MORNING

Stripboard colours: INT day / afternoon

INT. DAY

INT. AFTERNOON

Stripboard colours: EXT. day

EXT. DAY

EXT. AFTERNOON

Stripboard colours: INT dusk/evening

INT. DUSK

INT. EVENING

Stripboard colours EXT dusk-evening

EXT. DUSK

EXT. EVENING

Stripboard colours: INT night INT. NIGHT Stripboard colours: EXT night EXT. NIGHT
The stripboard before scheduling

Before you have started your scheduling, your stripboard is empty because you have not yet added any scenes to your scheduling. Scenes will start to appear as soon as scheduling starts.

How to work with a Running Order Stripboard for TV, film, drama, entertainment, non-fiction, documentaries, talkshows and commercials

Customising the stripboard and the strips

The Running Order stripboard works for all of our three script formats: screenplays, rundowns for live & studio multicamera productions and AV scripts for commercials and trailers. It allows for a huge range of customisation – from creating a minimal one-liner to a stripboard with ALL information. Just click to show, hide, filter and search!

Filter or limit your selection

The filter block on top appears by default. You can click the small x in the right-hand corner to remove it for printing. To add the show/hide block underneath, click on the menu button to the left of the green help button and select “Show/Hide”.

Filtering the running order, formatting strips and the stripboard, for TV; film, drama, entertainment, non-fiction, reality and commercials

You can fine-tune your stripboard by filtering in a multitude of ways:

  • Select a production day range
  • Show a specific date range
  • Show all teams, selected teams or only one specific team
  • Filter on one or more characters, locations or atmosphere groups.
  • Search on a scene number or scene header/slug

TIP! Multiple choice selections: To select several characters or locations:

    • On a Mac:  hold down Command button on Mac and click to select multiple options.
    • On Windows: For Windows: Hold down the control (ctrl) button to select multiple options. 
    • On iOS: Just click On All Characters or All Locations. In the list that appears, just click on the characters or locations you want to include. You will see a checkmark before the selected objects.

Select which information to show in your strips

In the Show/Hide block (see the image above) you can just click to show or hide information. Your stripboard will react in real-time to create the report you have been aiming for.  To add the show/hide block, click on the menu button to the left of the green help button and select “Show/Hide”.

Show statistics

To add statistics (see under the Scenes headline in the image below= click on the menu button to the left of the green help button and select “Statistics”. Statistics change depending on how you filter your Running Order. That means you can see stats for an entire series, or just for a character, a production day, a date range, a location or a team. 

Running Order statistics

 

Add a character index

If you do not want to display character names, but prefer numbers, you can display and print a character index. Click on the menu button to the left of the green help button and select “Character Index”.

Add a character index to your stripboard | for film, TV; drama, entertainment, non-fiction, documentary, reality, commercial productions

 

 

 

Print the stripboard on paper or as a pdf

While Dramatify helps you lessen the environmental impact of your production and make all information as readable as possible regardless of the size of the screen, sometimes you want to print certain information or make a pdf.

Design your stripboard or one-liner as you want it, then click on the Edit menu and select Print. Now, depending on your web browser there are a few different choices you can do.

In the print selection popup, you can select if you want the web browser header and footer and if you want your stripboard in colour or black and white. In general, the stripboard relies on the different stripboard colours and can be difficult to understand without the background colours.

Your stripboard during and after scheduling
When you have started your scheduling your script, the scenes start to appear in the order you have scheduled them. (Note that you do the scheduling under Planning > Scheduling.)

At the top of the stripboard underneath the Show/Hide bar,  you’ll see production stats with episodes, productions days, total pages, estimated running time and estimated production time.

Production day information

Dramatify have five different types of call sheets. The normal shooting call sheets, have a small film camera icon to the left, Shooting call sheet .

The other icons that may appear (if you use these types of call sheets) are:

  • Preparation call sheet A todo icon for any kind of prep days
  • Call sheets for travel A suitcase icon for travel days
  • Holiday call sheets A candle icon for holidays
  • Other call sheet An “other” icon for any other use you’d like

You have also the date and the unit base if you have connected that to the call sheet (not in the scheduling).

Any banners appear as you have added them in the scheduling.

Scene information

In each scene, the scene information is quite self-explanatory, but a few things are important to point out:

  • A scene number like the first scene in the image, 5:1, means the scene is split and this is scene 5, part 1. Below you see the second part of the scene, 5:2.
  • The PGS and DAY just before the set and synopsis, are the page length (PGS) of the scene, and DAY is the script day.
  • ST and PT to the right means Segment Time, i.e. the estimated finished time of each scene, and Production Time, i.e. the estimated production time of the scene.
  • The number in the dark grey box to the right is the production day number.
Show / hide information

You can decide exactly which information you’d like by showing or hiding information on the strips.

Stripboard during and after stripboards

Top image by gareth white / Flickr (CC BY ND).

 

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