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Old 08-10-2009, 01:10 PM   #1
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Default Scene Headings and the SteadyCam

In that other thread there was a scene where a single conversation moved through three locations. I found the three Scene Headings a bit weird.

We want the scene to flow smoothly. Can the same thing happen without the Scene Headings? Perhaps mention the location change in the Action (In the hallway blah, blah, blah..., and, Now in the kitchen blah, blah, blah ...).

Did the invention of the SteadyCam change the way we can format specs? I'm starting to think, "yes".
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Old 08-10-2009, 01:30 PM   #2
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No, nothing's changed. And you do need to put scene headings, because sets need to be built, locations picked, action blocked. It isn't your choice whether or not a Steadicam is used, so you write the scene as if it were going to be filmed using separate shots.

A "spec" is no different than a script written on assignment, or any other kind of script. They aren't formated any differently. You're just writing it for free.
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Old 08-10-2009, 01:30 PM   #3
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Old 08-10-2009, 01:42 PM   #4
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Nice clip.

Thank you, dgl, that really makes more sense.

So even in something like the clip, I would have a separate Scene Heading for the bedroom even though it could be filmed from the hallway.

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Thank you, maralyn. Very good example!
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So even in something like the clip, I would have a separate Scene Heading for the bedroom even though it could be filmed from the hallway.
Unless it's important to keep the POV in the hallway for some reason. This was a director's trick. A gimmick. It probably wasn't important to the story that we be kept back from the action.
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You shouldn't really worry yourself how it's going to be shot. You certainly shouldn't pre empt the use of a steadycam. You're focussing on the wrong thing if you're thinking it's up to you.

You still need the scene headings, because it's a location change.
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You shouldn't really worry yourself how it's going to be shot. You certainly shouldn't pre empt the use of a steadycam. You're focussing on the wrong thing if you're thinking it's up to you.

You still need the scene headings, because it's a location change.
Thanks again, maralyn, I thought I was having an epiphany, but it must have been gas.
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In that other thread there was a scene where a single conversation moved through three locations. I found the three Scene Headings a bit weird.

We want the scene to flow smoothly. Can the same thing happen without the Scene Headings? Perhaps mention the location change in the Action (In the hallway blah, blah, blah..., and, Now in the kitchen blah, blah, blah ...).

Did the invention of the SteadyCam change the way we can format specs? I'm starting to think, "yes".
Some people might indicate the location changes with minislugs.

Can't count on the SteadyCam, because for all you know some foolish director might decide to shoot the whole thing with a dizziness-inducing handheld...
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