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Video Production Handbook, 6th Edition by Jim Owens

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CHAPTER 5 Writing for Video

The cinematography may be beautiful but if the story does not work, it’s a bad project. Story is usually the weakest part of the production process.

Dean Batali, Writer

Key Terms

Camera script: Adds full details of the production treatment to the left side of the “rehearsal script” and usually also includes the shot numbers, cameras used, positions of camera, basic shot details, camera moves, and switcher instructions (if used).

Full script: A fully scripted program includes detailed information on all aspects of the production. This includes the precise words that the talent/actors are to use in the production.

Outline script: Usually provides the prepared dialog for the opening and closing and then lists ...

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