Outer Space AstronautsHow-ToIn the Beginning...

In the Beginning...
By Russell Barrett

Inside Outer Space Astronauts

In the beginning…

First, a detailed outline is written, followed by several drafts of the what will be the final script with input from all four writers, Russell Barrett, Anthony Bravo, Pete Burns and Laura Valdivia. Once we get through network notes with an approved script, I break the show down into scenes and then into shots. I basically have to visualize how each scene is going to play out, essentially shooting and editing it in my head, and then transcribing it down to paper, in a two-column A/V-style script.

Each shot is given a code, which syncs each specific scene with its correlating shot. Then, other information, such as the direction the character is facing (which has a code) or whether any appearance change like make-up begins in that particular shot is also noted.

Once the shot-script is completed, the information gets fed into a database for recording purposes. Shot lists can then be created by character, to be used on the day of shooting as a checklist to make sure I get all the shots I need.

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