Screenplay Builder app – create fiction scripts


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Learn everything about working with screenplays in the Screenplay Builder app.

Open the Screenplay Builder app by clicking its button in the dark toolbar on the left. The button looks like this:

library_appbar_screenplay

The image below gives an overview of the different parts of the Story Builder app (you can click the image to enlarge it).

screenplay-builder-overview

  1. App button – Clicking it will launch the Screenplay Builder app
  2. Screenplay listing – Lists all the screenplays in your production. Clicking a screenplay will select it. At the bottom of the listing is an input field to create a new screenplay.
  3. Scene listing – List of scenes in the selected screenplay. At the bottom is an input field to create a new scene in the selected screenplay.
  4. Scene media contents – Clips and subclips assigned to the scene
  5. Scene media toolbar – contains actions to perform on the media assigned to the scene
  6. Scene editor – This is where you edit the scene

 

A > E. Scenes behave like collections

It is clear the Screenplay Builder looks very similar to the Collection Builder. Therefore it is helpful to read about the Collection Builder first before continuing. Creating and managing screenplays works the same as creating and managing collection groups. Creating and managing scenes works the same as creating and managing collections.

Part C of the overview image contains a small difference with the Collection Builder. You can upload a script written in an external application using the Upload ScriptReplace Script button at the bottom.

You can assign clips and subclips to scenes in the same way you would for collections.

With the Screenplay Builder, you write your screenplay (see below) first. As you shoot and ingest material into Flow, you can make rough cuts for each scene and export the screenplayto your edit suite.

F. Scene editor – Create fiction scripts

Let’s focus on something you don’t have on a collection. Each scene represents a part of the screenplay.

screenplay-builder-edit-scene

At the top you edit the traditional scene heading:

  • First you indicate if the scene is happening indoors (INT), outdours (EXT) or both (INTEXT)
  • The location where the scene takes place is also given
  • The time of day completes the scene heading (DAY / NIGHT / …)

Next you can start writing the contents of the scene. A scene consists of a succession of elements. Each element can have one of the following types:

  • Action Span – An action performed by the character
  • Dialogue Span – Speech spoken by the character
  • Character – A character. Followed by Action Span or Dialogue Span
  • Action – A generic action, not performed by specific character
  • Instruction – Instruction

When you press return in the editor, a new element is appended. Flow will guess the type based on the context, but you can change the type using the Change type menu at the bottom or using the shortcuts which are indicated in the menu.

Upload a screenplay written in another application

At the bottom of the scene listing (C in the overview image) there is a button which we haven’t discussed yet.

screenplay-builder-upload-script

If your screenplay already contains scripts, the label of the button will be Replace Script instead of Upload Script. Click this button to upload a script written in a third party application. We support importing screenplays in the following formats:

  • Final Draft (*.fdx)
  • CeltX
  • Adobe Story