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#21 hansthegreat

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 05:41 PM

Thanks! And I am not sure if you understood the question: the scene names corresponds now to the Header description. But if I have 5 scenes called: INT. OFFICE then I don't recognize the scenes easily, I would rather give them names like "The layoff"
In that context I still don't recognize the value added by the scene sheets as I can add summaries of the scene content also in the storyboard view of a scene

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 05:56 PM

Hi Hans,

I apologize. I misunderstood your question.

There isn't a mechanism for providing an alternate scene title in the Project view.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 09:24 PM

Hans,
The screen sheets in text mode can hold more information than the index cards in the Storyboard. They can also hold specific information. So if you want to ensure that each scene has a conflict, you can use the Conflict field in the sheet to record it: it will sit there, blank, until you fill it in. If you want to track your props, you can add a field for Props and list them. If you'd like to match your outline against a story structure (the Hero's Journey, say), you can set up plot points for each stage and link them to the appropriate scene sheets (but not to scenes) to make sure you covered them all. And so on.

You can certainly write a screenplay without worrying about scene sheets. I have entire novels that have only half a dozen chapter sheets filled in, because as soon as I solved the specific problem that I was working out through the sheets, I went back to writing and didn't worry about the rest. But they do offer more space and more flexibility than you can get from the index cards, so plotters, especially, like them. (I am not a plotter: I come up with a big idea and write till I back myself into a corner, then use plot or section sheets to work my way out.)

Also, because scene sheets are independent of scenes, you can create them before you have scenes. It's a different way of working, which may not suit you but does work for others.
Hope that helps explain the difference,
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#24 hansthegreat

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 10:52 AM

Hi Hans,



You can create a heading-level style to mark text you want in the project outline. Check out the template in the Screenplay template with Act elements post for an example of how to do this.

-Steve


Can I apply the template to an existing project?

#25 hansthegreat

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 11:19 AM

How do I get Storyist to format my screenplay to the standard 54 lines a page? It falls a bit short now with around 50 lines so I don't get a correct page count.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 03:45 PM

Hi Hans,

The "correct" number of lines per page is a subject about which there are lots of opinions. There is a good summary at John August's site, which samples some scripts, and includes these numbers:
  • Schindler's List - 41 lines per page
  • Big Fish - 52 lines per page
  • Saving Private Ryan - 52 lines per page
  • Apocalypse Now - 57 lines per page
  • Aliens - up to 60 lines per page
Fortunately, Storyist can accommodate your preference. There are two ways to affect the number of lines per page:
  • Adjust the top and bottom page margins. The Storyist default is one inch. Increasing it will reduce the number of lines per page and vice versa.
  • Adjust the line spacing.
One common question is "How do I match Final Draft's line spacing". By default, Final Draft does not use leading, so a single spaced line will be set exactly 12 points from the baseline of the previous line. Storyist (and other text editors) adds two points of leading between lines, so to effectively remove the leading, you would set a line height multiple of 12 / (12 + 2) = 0.86 using the text inspector. To do this:
  • Open your script and select all text.
  • Open the Text Attributes inspector and switch to the Spacing tab.
  • Set the Line Spacing popup to "Multiple" and the value to 0.86.
If you want to make this setting the default, you can update the styles by selecting an instance of each style and choosing Format > Style > Redefine Style from Selection.

-Steve

#27 hansthegreat

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 03:36 PM

Thanks Steve, that worked great! I had some formatting issues though
at some parts of the scripts these strange gaps happened, some of them I did no even manage to fix manually: http://www.pic-uploa....13.08.png.html
And in Final Draft dialogue looks like this after I exported it for Final Draft. http://www.pic-uploa....46.54.png.html
Any ideas how I can fix this?

And sorry for my misleading nickname, I'm Jesco.

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 03:54 PM

Hi Jesco,

On the gaps, it looks like either:
  • The paragraph starting with "Tom sits down" has a "Space Before" setting. If so, just revert the paragraph to the Action style default.
  • The widow and orphan control feature is cutting the page short, forcing the following paragraph to the next page. If this is the case, placing the cursor before "Tom", pressing the Delete key followed by the Return key should correct the layout. If it does, please let me know which version of OS X you're using and how I might reproduce this, and I'll fix it for you.
On the dialog, is the issue the dialog width? You can adjust the width of the Dialog element in Final Draft or in Storyist. In the Storyist template, the width is specified from the right margin (for viewing in Normal mode). In Final Draft, the element width is specified from the left margin. Maybe the default page sizes are different.

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#29 hansthegreat

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 07:29 PM

Thanks Steve. I am not sure if I understand it correctly though. What is the Space Before setting? And what is the widow and orphan feature? I am using OS 10.6.8

Here is another example of a gap: http://picupload.org...05/23/qh9Ws.png
That's what happens when I hit delete in front of COUNTER to close the gap: http://picupload.org...05/23/v7Hqe.png

#30 hansthegreat

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 07:34 PM

I solved it by changing COUNTER from Action into Scene Heading. Still confused though.

#31 hansthegreat

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Posted 23 May 2012 - 07:46 PM

In this case it is all in Action style and yet "gapped" http://picupload.org.../05/23/QgHG.png

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 01:00 PM

I have also been experiencing performance issues with Storyist, meaning that when I type nothing happens and then after some seconds text get deleted. If I close the program it is okay for a while, then it happens again.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 04:50 PM

Hi Jesco,

Thanks Steve. I am not sure if I understand it correctly though. What is the Space Before setting? And what is the widow and orphan feature? I am using OS 10.6.8

Here is another example of a gap: http://picupload.org...05/23/qh9Ws.png
That's what happens when I hit delete in front of COUNTER to close the gap: http://picupload.org...05/23/v7Hqe.png


The "space before" parameter controls the amount of whitespace that appears before a paragraph. You can define this value for styles and for individual paragraphs using the Inspector.

Widow and orphan control affects whether a lines appear at the bottom of one page or the top of the next page. The screenplay styles have implicit widow and orphan settings that are controlled by the pagination setting in the style definition.

What style is applied to the word "CONTROL?" Is it a style you defined? If so, check the pagination settings for the style and its parent style (if there is one).

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 05:02 PM

Hi Jesco,

I have also been experiencing performance issues with Storyist, meaning that when I type nothing happens and then after some seconds text get deleted. If I close the program it is okay for a while, then it happens again.


Is the program performing an autosave when you notice the slowdown? Depending on the Mac you're using and whether or not you use the word count goal feature, Storyist may be in the process of saving. If you are using the word count goal feature, there might be an optimization you can use.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 05:08 PM

In this case it is all in Action style and yet "gapped" http://picupload.org.../05/23/QgHG.png


OK, lets try turning off the pagination control for the Action style. To do this:
  • Open your script and select some text having the Action style.
  • Choose Format > Style > Edit Current Style.
  • Change the value of the Paginate As popup from "Action" to "Normal".
  • Click OK.
This will change the widow and orphan control settings for the Action style. Is this closer to what you'd expect to see?

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#36 hansthegreat

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 12:41 PM

Thanks Steve, I will let you know how it works out.
Something else: I am worried that without having MORE and CONTINUED in the script, it won't look professional. What do you think about that?

#37 hansthegreat

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 03:01 PM

Now I cannot cycle to the styles anymore using tab. How is that? (looks like this http://picupload.org...05/29/cSh5R.png)
It is enabled under preferences and for some reason only does not work in the new script I started.

It has something to do with the fact that I change the leading to 0,86 and then activate Redefine Style from selection

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 03:20 PM

Hi Jesco,

The MORE and CONT'D tags are usually omitted from a spec script, at least in the U.S.

On the Tab and Return shortcuts: If you recently edited the Action style, check that the Tab Style and Next Style attributes are set as in the attached screenshot:

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