What is the Shooting Script?
The shooting script itself is a more elaborate and precise version of the screenplay. It isn't actually composed by the screenwriter, as common sense would predict. The shooting script is written by the Director, alongside his Cinematographer, whilst they discuss and plan their ideas for shots and desires for the movie.
KEY FACT - SCREENPLAY = SELLING, SHOOTING SCRIPT = PRODUCTION
The screenplay shouldn't consist of many directions, as it is an advertisement product.
However, the shooting script is more directional, as it is composed by the Director.
Components of a Shooting Script.
- Broken into Shots.
- Precise Terminology (Cinematography)
...e.g. (Close Up, Dolly-In)
- Divided into Dates
Above is an example shooting script.
Another purpose of a Shooting Script is to benefit the whole crew and production teams organisation, giving them a precise idea of what is going to happen and when.