Arranging Scenes In The Stripboard View

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.

iOS Simulator Screen shot 4 Jun 2014 21.19.12

The view contains two types of strip- Scene Strips, and Day Markers.

Day Markers

Day markers are used to separate each day’s shooting, and appear as a black strip.

iOS Simulator Screen shot 4 Jun 2014 21.21.42To create a new Day Marker enter “Schedule” mode (use the button at top left to toggle between “Add” and “Delete” modes if necessary. ) Then tap the green “+” 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 drag and drop it into position.

To change the shooting date tap the Day Marker and set the day, using a spinner.

Scene Strips

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, or turns red if a scene is marked as “delayed”, so that you can see the need to reschedule.

To edit or view the details for a scene, or change its status tap the scene strip to enter the Details page. See the next section for more on this page.

camerawhite@2xTo add or view shots or storyboards for a scene tap the camera icon. See the Storyboard section for more on this feature.  The camera icon appears lit when shots are defined for a scene, it appears crossed through when all shots are complete.

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.

TIP you can also create a new blank scene by tapping “+”, from the Details page.

See below for details on duplicating scenes, or groups of scenes.

iOS Simulator Screen shot 4 Jun 2014 21.31.16To delete a scene you can use the standard iOS shortcut of swiping from right to left across a strip.

Alternatively you can enter Schedule mode , and tap a red “-”, then confirm with the red “delete” button. (use the button at top left to toggle between “Add” and “Delete” modes if necessary.)

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 totals are instantly updated to show how many pages are scheduled for each day

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.

 

iOS Simulator Screen shot 4 Jun 2014 21.13.46To move multiple strips at once enter Schedule mode, then tap several strips.

Each strip lights up as it is selected. Tap a strip again to deselect it. The navbar shows how many strips are selected.

Now tap and hold the three bar icon on a selected strip, and drag it to the position you wish to move the strips to (for clarity, only one strip is seen to move) When you release the strip, they will all be grouped together at the new position.

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 along with those scene strips if you want, they will behave consistently.

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.

iOS Simulator Screen shot 4 Jun 2014 21.14.26To 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 we gave earlier…

iOS Simulator Screen shot 4 Jun 2014 21.15.14To 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

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