HOW TO SET OUT THE PRODUCTION-POSTPRODUCTION DETAILS OF THE SCRIPT
TECHNICAL NOTES NEEDED FOR EACH SCENE Give clear information - (1) TECHNICAL (PRODUCTION - IN THE STUDIO - SOUND TECHNICIANS or 'SPOT'), (2) TECHNICAL (PRODUCTION - IN THE CONTROL ROOM or 'CUBICLE' - DIRECTOR, CONTROL PANEL OPERATOR, SOUND TECHNICIANS), (3) TECHNICAL (POSTPRODUCTION), (4) ACTORS & DIRECTING, (5) ACTORS (PLOT SUMMARY) LOOK AT THE EXAMPLES HERE For full description of PRODUCTION - POSTPRODUCTION, see Beck, Alan, Radio Acting, London: A & C Black ISBN 0-7136-4631-4 Available on Amazon. CLICK HERE Putting these extra notes into the SCRIPT ensures that TECHNICAL information is clear and shared. More detail should be added for the POSTPRODUCTION SCRIPT. PRODUCTION - information such as SOUND CENTRE - FIXED SOUND CENTRE - the centre of the sound picture remains fixed in the same place + MOVING SOUND CENTRE - 'we go with' and (when necessary) microphone positions PRODUCTION & POSTPRODUCTION - Atmos bed (underneath the scene dialogue) - establishes scene location or scenery Scene boundaries - CHART FOR CHOICES - straight cut / fade in / fade out / crossfade / 'Archers' fade / music bridge / FX bridge / montage Music - underscoring, signature tune (for soap or play), emotional, dramatic, music bridge
ACTORS - CHARACTERS in the scene & a SHORT SUMMARY of what goes on in the scene
EXAMPLE - CHARACTERS: PENELOPE, CHARITY
EXAMPLE - 'THE CANTERBURY VAMPIRES' 6.1 SUMMARY OF SCENE: CHARITY meets PENELOPE and is challenged to reveal her magic. She is embarrassed. Listeners are reintroduced to CHARITY (INEXPERIENCED GIRL) and PENELOPE (FEISTY GIRL).
Most PRODUCTION in the STUDIO and OB is done OUT OF SEQUENCE (not done in order of the SCRIPT). All involved must have definitive SCRIPT details. STUDIO - working at speed, PRODUCTION TEAM and ACTORS have to get acquainted with each new scene. Hence the importance of listing CHARACTERS in the SCRIPT and a SHORT SUMMARY of what goes on in the scene, and technical details. This saves the DIRECTOR time. SOAP (SERIAL DRAMA) - STUDIO - especially important. PRODUCTION moves through a lot of scenes OUT OF SEQUENCE from many episodes and dealing with a lot of plot events and character responses. POSTPRODUCTION - ensure STANDARDIZING FILE NAMES for all TEAM. SCRIPT TECHNICAL NOTES are essential for the move from PRODUCTION into POSTPRODUCTION - see LOAD MATERIAL FROM PRODUCTION You number each scene (as 3.1, 3.2 etc.) - important for coordinating the whole script and for production, when the scenes will probably NOT be recorded in the sequence that the listeners will eventually hear. ABOVE ALL, YOU ARE PART OF A TEAM AND YOU COMMUNICATE TOGETHER RAPIDLY AND EFFICIENTLY.
STARTING-UP - GETTING THE 'IDEA' - TEAM-WORK - SCRIPTING
HOW MANY WORDS FOR A 5-MINUTE EPISODE? HOW MANY SCENES?
ALAN BECK'S FORMULA FOR THE MAIN CHARACTERS Types of radio plays (fiction and mixed genres) Storyboard - layout of scenes and details - how to make it work for you
Copyright - PERFORMING RIGHTS PAYMENTS - YOU HAVE TO 'LOG' ALL COPYRIGHT MATERIAL, AND ESPECIALLY MUSIC - 'needle time'
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