Breakdown of Manuscript

This workflow is based on the assumption that you have developed a story and then written a script for a short film, feature or series, but the initial storyboarding could also be part of the development process.

create initial storyboard

Create an initial storyboard with each scene in the script with Papers by 53 or ProCreate on an iPad. Add them to a storyline in PowerPoint or Keynote, with 4-6 views per page.

Review storyboard

Review the storyboard and add, modify or delete scenes in the manuscript depending on storytelling and constraints. Example of constraints are number of locations, cast, crew, equipment or props.

Initiate casting and location scouting based on draft manuscript and initial storyboard. 

create initial shot descriptions

Create initial shot descriptions for each scene, e.g. wide shot, long shot, medium shot and close up. Add each shot to the manuscript in Final draft. 

Use US "best-practice" for numbering of scenes and shots.

Scen 6 and number shots A,B, C etc. Example: Shot 6A is a long shot, shot 6B is a medium shot of two actors, shot 6C and 6D are close ups of each actor. 

Update the storyboard with the new shots if needed.

Finalise script breakdown

Revise manuscript until the story is good enough and all scenes are defined on a high level.

Lock all scenes and number all scenes in Final draft .

There could be minor changes to dialogue and action after this stage, but main characters should be the same for each scene.