Then he reaches for the camera
"SARGE" WANTS AN
ACADEMY AWARD WINNING
SHOT FOR THE COLONEL'S
NOTE: When using A or B script formats, the left margin information may be
typed in or handwritten by the director.
The choice of camera shots, long
shot (LS), medium shot (MS), close-up (CU), and point of view (POV), and
scene numbers, are usually written in by the director after he reads the
script for the daily shoot.
c. Production scripts are basically a breakdown from the master script, or a
In order of presentation, the shooting script contains; the
title, project number, requesting agency, project office, technical advisor,
running time, and scene breakdown.
The shooting script also shows the camera
position (LS, MS, CU, ETC.); day, and a brief description of the action. A special
script is simply a "retake" of some shot areas to pick up cut-ins or cutaways, or
other transition-type shots to be edited into the film at some future time.
Sources of film material.
There are a number of sources of film material.
It can be original shooting, animation (the same as used for cartoons), or stock
Stock footage is the same way books are kept in a library.
Armed Service maintains a film depository.
The Army depository is at Tobyhanna
Army Depot, PA.
Historical film shot by all of the services is stored at the
National Archives in Washington D.C.
After the outline is written, you must get your equipment
a. By analyzing your outline you may realize that you will need more than one
camera and cameraman.
This is the time to go to your NCOIC and present your
The NCOIC may modify it to use less equipment or personnel, but a good
outline will justify itself in terms of manpower and equipment requirements.
b. In addition to camera equipment, you will need film or tape, batteries,
and an extra microphone and cable.
c. No matter which position you either assign or fill yourself, the correct
camera, film, and equipment must be selected.
(1) For instance, if you will be shooting from a stationary position with a
tripod-mounted camera, you will need large magazines or several 3/4-inch tapes. If
hand-held, you usually film 16mm or portable 3/4-inch video. So you would need to
carry at least one spare film pack or two extra video tapes.