is it possible to reformat a shooting script into more of a standard script layout, because...
if you rewrite dialogue, action, any part of the actual screenplay, and then want to print it out in traditional screenplay layout, how? my 106 page script became 180 pages when i started shooting script, and has grown from there. How do I get it back to it's traditional format - no comments, shots, etc.
You can reformat your script by going to Edit->Template... and then selecting the template you want your script to convert into. For traditional screenplay, choose 'Film Template'. You will find options in View menu to change view settings for camera shots and comments.
Also, in future you may want to take backup/save a version of your script before doing a major change to it. For saving version go to File->Save as and choose option 'Version'.You can access the older versions saved for your document via the View menu in Authoring view. There's an option "History...", clicking on it opens a "history panel" below where you can see all the versions of your document saved till date. Double click to access any version and if you wish to make any of the versions your active version, you may click on the "Make Latest" tab on the right upper corner of the document in editor.To know more about it you may have a look at the help document: "Adobe Story Help (F1)" in "Help" menu options that is available in the topmost bar.
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As of right now, you have to create a separate shooting script since Story needs to create space for the shots on the left hand side of the page. We do not have a way to keep the original script and the shooting script in sync unless you use a TV script which has more space on the left for camera shots.
This is painfully disappointing. It creates more work now, not less. This should be addressed as any writer/director preparing a shotlist is most likely going to make script changes as the vision gets more specific and realized through shot selection, allowing the changing of dialogue and action. But then to communicate these changes to a cast and crew, or even for updating the script to share with investors, etc., to be forced to find, compare, and update a separate script file is asking too much. Please address this imperative issue, or what is the point of combining script writing and shot list creation in one software program if it forces you to go back to other programs to fulfill the fundamental functions of a screenplay and juggle even more, not less...?
I have to COMPLETELY agree with rtishidude_12. Someone at Adobe really doesn't get it.
No one seems to get the idea of a shotlist. A shotlist needs to stay in sync with the script at all times.
It's beyond my comprehension that no modern software has any kind of usable shotlist feature.
Ideally, a script should have shots attached to each scene. Then a shotlist is simply another view of the script. The same thing for director's (character, production, camera, etc) notes. All should be elements attached to the script on a scene by scene basis, then viewed any way a user needs.
Let me add my vote to get story updated to keep the shot list and script in sync. I have never shot a script without changing dialog the day before shooting...sometimes even the day of. I do hope adobe is taking note of these discussions in this forum. Otheriwise, I will have to begin teaching another script writing tool to my classes. Up to this point I have used Celtx, a open source free software that is quiet intuitive, it just doesn't have all the bells and whistles Adobe Story has...YET. Please, Adobe, make an effort to give screenwriters what they need. We can't use a TV script on a film set.
We understand the frustration and I think I have a workaround for the problem. You need to use a different template (attached) so that there is enough space to fit the camera lines.
You can add the shooting script template to your favorite templates by:
Hope this helps.
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