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One Pager

I like making a One Pager for every scene in my shooting script.

One Pager is for me only and reminds me of all the most important things I need in the scene for it to work for the audience.

My One Pager consists of:

  1. The scene in a nutshell (one line, what the view is about).
  2. How did the previous scene end? (precise ending of the last scene and how that will impact the current scene).
  3. What are the beats in the scene and where are they (on which line, movement, gesture)?
  4. What are each characters’ objective/s in the scene?
  5. Are the characters going to reach their scene objectives or not?
  6. What is the stage direction for each character (what I have imagined and would like to try out with the actors)?
  7. How is the scene going to end (what frame, movement, or gesture)?
  8. What are the characters wearing (I know that this is the costume department, but I like making a note of the costumes, especially when/if the character is wearing something very distinctive that emphasise the character)?
  9. What objects/props the characters need for the scene to make it work? Do they need anything?
  10. What is visually most important in the scene?
  11. Concise shoot list; which takes we absolutely must make for the scene to work during the editing.
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