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Join Jeff Sengstack for an introduction to the screenwriting and production planning application Adobe Story. This course details each of Story's three main functions—scriptwriting, collaborative editing, and production organizing—as well as how to connect script text to spoken dialogue in Premiere Pro. Explore how to create and use script templates, manage editing from coauthors using track changes, arrange shooting schedules, and more.
Adobe Story Free and Adobe Story Plus share two sets of features, Script Writing and Collaboration. Adobe Story Plus has an additional feature of Preproduction Planning, so I'm going to show you all three sets of features here, keeping in mind that Adobe Story Free and Adobe Story Plus share the first two, the Script Writing and the Collaboration. Starting with Script Writing, you typically work with projects inside Story Plus and Free. Those projects usually are based on A-Production. If I go through, you see that these are each projects, and the projects have a number of files associated with them. Some projects may be ongoing serials, so you have several episodes here within that one project, but that's typically how you organize it. So I am going to go here to this project called Castles, which is something we're working internally on here at lynda.com. Let's say I want now add a script to this project.
I just click on this New button, and I have these Script Templates here, these first four things. And the Templates, they are pretty straightforward, but the Film Script is the one you are going to use most, because that is the Standard Film Script for the entire industry when you're making scripts. So you click on that, and that little template, we'll call this one test for example, and it says the Template down here, but there's only one Template, just the Film Template. Click Create. Now we're going to open up a Film Script, which is a typical way that you work inside Story. Now you are thinking, wow, a template, it's going to have all kinds of little places to stick stuff, but, in fact, it's just this blank slate, but, in fact, things are really going on here to help you create your Scripts.
I am going to start typing down here. I type I, and right off the bat it says is this an interior shot or Interior and Exterior, okay? Then I press Enter and immediately it says, okay, where is it going to be? What's the set? So I can pick a Set from my Set List, and if I go back one notch and press a hyphen and another space, and it's going to say, okay, what time of day is it? So this is the script writing tool, the templates that come with Story Plus and Story Free to help you do these things. As we go along here for example, if I press Tab, then it knows that I am about to put in a Character's Name, and I've already stored the Character's Name. So you have to just press one letter, and it knows right away I'm talking about Joseph. And if I press Enter after I enter a Character, then it knows I am going to put in a dialogue, that's why it sort of tabs partially in like that.
So what am I supposed to do today? Something like that, and then if I go on down here, it'll look for another character presumably, because I will just put in something like Mr. Dalton, boom, immediately knows that I'm talking about that guy. So this Script Writing tool uses characters that you've put into a list and immediately jumps to those to help you create your Scripts. Let's say you've being working on your Script, the next big thing you want to do is collaborate, and that's a really big part of Story Free and Story Plus. I want to go back to the Project View here. You can collaborate by clicking on Share.
Let's say I'll select this script here and say I want to Share it. And it says who do you want to share it with? And if the name isn't on here, you can just add somebody to this list, and then you can send him an email or not and click OK. I am going to send something to myself, here. Here we go, and I have a Shared account, that's Adobe Story Free. I'll go to that right now. And in my Abode Story Free account, there is a little note saying hey, do you want to share this thing? That fast. I didn't speed this thing up, I just said do you want to share it? And I say, yeah, I will accept that, and when I share it, it brings in that Script, like that. I am going to go back to Story Plus now. So this collaboration is part of collaboration. You probably want to comment on the Script or simply read it or change it. There's different ways that you can characterize how you can share something.
But let's just say you want to comment on it, it's quite simple. I just go over here and click over there. If you slide off to the right, you'll see there is a comment box here, and you can say something like sunset? And once I click Save down here, then that will show up in the Collaborators View as well. So that's how you can Collaborate. Now, once you're done creating the script, then you want to start producing it in some way, doing some preproduction process. So I am going to go back here to the Projects View. Let's say I want to look at a schedule. Let me go to this one here where I've already set up a schedule. Double click on it, it'll schedule, it shows, you know, when do you want to shoot these things? So you can kind of group them if you want to. Right now they are grouped by the set. So all the beach shots here, all the office shots are here, helps you plan things out. But if you want to just do it, let's say in Scene Location, it's quite easy to change the Sort to something else besides the Set Location. And if you want to have what's called a breakdown, we'll say I want a character breakdown report, and that will show all the instances of where those characters appear and gives you sense of how to set up your shots, how to plan yours shots. I will show you what I mean. It creates these Excel Spreadsheets with all the Characters listed over the side here. The number of times they appear in each scene. You can see the report here, appears 1-2-3, 5 times or 4 times inside scene 2, gives you a sense of how that's going to play out. You can have a number of breakdown reports like this. And finally, after you've done your shooting, you've got your clips, and you want to edit them, and if you're editing them in Premiere Pro, for example, you can connect the script here to those clips. Inside Premiere Pro, we have a scene that we shot using the script from Castles, and we connected the script right there to that scene, such that I can click on a word here and jump to that spot in the scene. I'll just show you what I mean. Let's click that word there and press play.
(male speaker: That's it. Six p.m., huh?) See how it shows up there? (male speaker: And if I'm a risky choice, then don't use me.) Pretty amazing how you can do that. So you can edit down to the word, you can find a word and jump right to it and have that be an endpoint and then find another word here and have that be an out point, a very quick way to edit. So that's a quick a look at the various features of Story Plus and Story Free.
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