Certainly! I understand the total confusion in the beginning, like what the heck do you start with?
So begin simply with a kick-ass front page:
Sorry about the swedish. That says “Script”, what script it is for and what version it is (that’s not really important in such inofficial circumstance but I like to keep track)The normal build-up
for us looks like this:
I’ve underlined the lyrics for extra clearity right now but usually we just bold it, and we write what we want to happen under just that part of the song.
Again, sorry for the swedish, but to take the first one as an example; "Sound the bugle now - play it just for meFocus on Eren’s hands, they’re bloody and bitten. Many clips of him biting himself, then Erentitan in profile breathing out smoke.
That scene worked out really well, we followed the script almost to a T, apart from one extra scene we put in, (Eren full body, looking down on his hands) and that’s an example of where it’s important to think a little further when filming. Will it fit? Will it be too long? That’s very important to think of
, so you don’t sit there editing and the footage isn’t enough/too much. Yes, there can be too much footage, take for example a scene we were planning in the end:
This is a scene
where everyone did the typical SNK salute and then a transition to Eren with a key in his hand over his heart, but it was cut out due to the fact that there was absolutely no time to fit it in!
I believe the term is called “Kill Your Darlings”. It’s sad, but it worked out anyway.
Oh and if you wonder why it’s marked in blue, that’s because Micki did something to keep track, we already filmed those parts. That’s a good way to see what you’ve done so you don’t forget any vital scenes!
(Again, you don’t wanna sit there editing and see you’re missing something. ALL scenes are vital scenes.)A good build-up
for a scene, according to me, would be:
- Who’s in the picture
- What are they doing
- What sort of picture is it (close, far, shaky, panning)
- Where are they
I took a film class in my old high school and I taught the VändettA team some terms that we still use and we’re synced as fuck when we plan because it’s really easy when everyone understands what we mean.
Now it’s very unfortunate because I don’t know the correct terms in english, but I’m sure you can find basic storyboard templates somewhere!
But the terms are about if it’s a
Pretty basic. And there’s extreme versions of these too, you can figure what they look like. Whole picture is veeery whole, half is… idk really know if it’s very far or very close, wow I’m useless there, sorry - and close-up is almost up your nose.
So yeah, less about that, more about scripts.I’m both the camerawoman and editor.
And I can safely say that I’m bossy when it comes to filming, (though more as in I really want to see what goes on behind the camera, check light and white balance and angle, the whole shabang) but the important part is that Cim and Micki KNOWS that and they trust me to do right calls, so it’s all about T-E-A-M team!
But yes as the editor I must know how a scene should play out and if it’s any confusion in the script that I hadn’t written (take Uninstall, I wrote nothing of that but I did the filming), they have to guide me and give me their vision of the scene they’re seeing (and likewise so must I with them).But a well-written script is the best way to start!
Make it as clear as you need, split up the lyrics and the scenes in smaller parts if needed, it’s your shared duty to make the whole group understand what you want!
Oh and just to make that clear - we all write scripts in VändettA,
sometimes it’s Micki (Whiskey Lullaby
) sometimes it’s Cim (Uninstall
), sometimes me (No One Notices Your Brand New T-Shirt
) and sometimes it’s all of us (Sound the Bugle
). Then again we usually come up with stuff to contribute in each others ideas so. Ye.
and then of course we have Adventures at Titan High
which was improvised but yah you’ll get there when you have a bunch of friends and a camera and a day to yolo
A script takes time, so don’t rush it.
Listen to everyone’s ideas, don’t be selfish, Kill Your Darlings sometimes, make sure you have access to all the locations you want to have, grab your camera and cosplays and go!
I probably forgot something but I hope this helped!