photographer prepares a motion picture caption (DD Form 2537 fig 3-4
fig 3-5 back.) Motion media caption sheets must be filled out as
as possible, because they serve as the source of information for the
that is usually written at a later time.
a. The final caption will be made in five copies based on field caption
The original and two copies of the DD Form 2537 are shipped in the
TV/film canister, or with the media material package. One copy remains at the
camera person's unit, and one copy is sent to the higher headquarters of the
unit that performed the shooting.
b. The heading of DD Form 2537 is self-explanatory.
assigned at the office of origin will be placed in the block "Original Security
If it is unclassified, it is so stated.
In blocks of the
heading that do not apply, enter "NA."
c. Block 14, VIRIN, must have the unit's Defense Visual Information
Activity Number (DVIAN), then the type of media work performed, and the year,
then other information as determined by the local activity. For example, SPC
Woodrow W. Wilson shot a Video Tape Original (VTO) for the 332nd time in 1989.
The VIRIN block would contain the following data: A2306 (DVIAN NUMBER)-VTO-89-
Motion picture caption preparation.
a. DA Pam 25-91, Visual Information Procedures, is the guiding document
It says that motion pictures will be captioned as
(1) DD Form 2537 (Visual Information Caption Sheet) will be used for
the final caption.
(Figures 3-4 and 3-5 are illustrations of the front and
back of the new DD Form 2537.)
(2) The heading of DD Form 2537 is self-explanatory.
"NA" will be
entered in blocks of the heading that do not apply.
(3) Put the summary or master caption data in block 15 (Fig 3-4).
The rolls will be numbered sequentially.
locations, organizations, weapons, and equipment will be fully identified.
(5) Enter reel time and scene description in block 19 (Fig 3-5).
b. Master caption of summary.
(1) When filming a story that consists of more than one roll of film,
you will find it necessary to write a cover story.
This is where your
background material comes into play. The cover story is in addition to the