The stripboard view is where you view the most important details for each scene at a glance, and arrange them to form the basis of the shooting schedule for your project.
The view contains two types of strip- “Scene Strips”, and “Day Markers”.
Day markers are used to separate each days shooting and appear as a black strip.
To create a new Day Marker enter “Schedule” mode (and use the button at top left to toggle between “Add” and “Delete” modes if necessary. ) Tap the green “+” icon on a black Day Marker strip to create a new day marker, then tap and hold on the three grey lines at the right to move the strip into position.
To set a shooting date tap on the Day Marker and set the day on the spinner.
The colour of each strip is determined by location (indoor/outdoors) and time of day. The strip is greyed out when a scene is shot, or cut, and turns red when a scene is marked as “delayed”, so that you can reschedule.
You can choose whether to see character names or numbers on this page via an option in the Settings app on your device. Displaying character names is the default.
If you wish, you may choose to use one “scene strip” per shot, rather than one per scene. This will give you the ability to vary the details for each shot within a scene, and to store as many storyboards as you like per scene.
To edit or view the details for a scene, or change its completion status tap on the scene strip to enter the Details page. See the next section for more on this page.
To add or view storyboards for a scene tap the camera icon. See the Storyboard section for more on this feature. The camera icon appears lit when storyboards are stored for a scene, when all those storyboards have been shot, it appears crossed-through.
Strips are manipulated in Schedule mode by tapping “Schedule” at the top right of the screen. The navbar now turns a dark red in this mode. To leave, tap the “Done” button that appears at top right.
To create a new scene enter Schedule mode (and use the button at top left to toggle between “Add” and “Delete” modes if necessary. ) Tap the green “+” icon on a scene strip near where you would like the new one created.
See below for details on duplicating scenes, or groups of scenes.
To delete a scene enter Schedule mode (and use the button at top left to toggle between “Add” and “Delete” modes if necessary.) Tap a red “-”, and confirm with the red “delete” button that appears.
TIP: You can also bring up the delete button quickly using the standard iOS shortcut of swiping from left to right along a strip.
To change the scene order enter Schedule mode, then tap and hold the three-bar icon to the right of a strip and drag it into position. As you move the scenes or day markers around, the daily totals are instantly updated to show how many 8ths of a page are scheduled.
TIP: You may find it useful to change your device orientation when arranging the scene order. In Landscape mode you can read more information for each scene, whereas in Portrait mode you can see more of the strips.
To move multiple strips at once enter Schedule mode, then tap the middle of a strip, each strip lights up as it is selected.
Tap a strip again to deselect it. The navbar shows how many strips you currently have selected.
Now tap and hold the three bar icon on a selected strip, and drag it to the position you wish to move the selected strips to (only one strip is seen to move, as showing multiple strips would obscure the location you were moving them to.) They are all grouped together in the new position when you release them.
TIP: This is a great way of, say, gathering all the shots for a specific location together, or moving all the shots for a particular shooting day to a new place in the schedule if the order changes.
To duplicate strips enter Schedule mode, then select the single strip or group that you want to duplicate, as described above, and tap “+” on a selected strip. This creates duplicates with the letter “D” added to their scene numbers, to indicate that they should be renumbered.
Duplicated strips remain selected so you can move them to a new location easily.
TIP: You can copy and move Day Markers right along with those scene strips if you want, they will behave consistently.
TIP: You may duplicate scenes so that you can copy their information to several strips, this allows you to use one strip per shot for more detail if you wish.
Filtering Scenes By Character, Location Or Time Of Day. (New in v3.0)
You can select all strips that match a chosen set of conditions, using combinations of characters, location, time of day or setting (interior, exterior, I/E or greenscreen). All strips that match the conditions you chose are selected- ready to move or duplicate, using the methods described above, or simply to review.
This allows you, for instance, to easily find “All scenes that involve your lead actor at night”, “All scenes with your star and co-star together” or bring up “All daytime scenes at the BEACH or BEACHHOUSE locations”.
This is a great help when you have intially broken down the script and want to sort by location etc. to start planning your shoot and group similar scenes together. Once the shoot is underway it also provides a quick way for you to identify scenes that may need to be rescheduled when a problem occurs, such as losing a certain actor due to illness or injury.
To set the filter you enter “Edit” mode, and select one or more strips. Now tap the new “Filter” button that appears at the top left of the menu bar.
This brings up a screen that lists all your cast members, locations, times of day and settings for your project. Set checkmarks to select items.
If you select more than one location, the filter will select scenes at ANY of the selected locations. The same goes for time of day, and setting. The filter works slightly differently for characters. If you set more than one character, the filter will only select scenes with ALL of the selected characters.
Let’s set up the filters for one of the examples I gave earlier…
To find “All scenes that involve your lead actor at night”, you would set the checkmark for your lead actor in the character list and “Night” in the times of day list, and would leave all other parameters unset.
To see the result, tap the “Stripboard” button to return to the stripboard. Any strips that match the filter will be selected, and the menu bar will tell you how many strips that is. You can now move or duplicate the scenes , or can manually add or remove strips from the selection by tapping the strips.
On To Entering Scene Details