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Five Scene Breakdown Definitions

There are usually up to five kinds of scenes in any script:

1. Key Scenes (Could be dialogue or action scenes) These scenes set the mood of the story and they may require more time to shoot than regular scenes. EXAMPLE: most scenes in Act One that introduce characters and scenes that contain major story points

2. Dialogue Scenes (talking, talking and more talking!) These scenes usually move quicker and take less time to shoot than action scenes

3. Action Scenes and Special FX Scenes (action/stunts/special effects) These scenes require more shooting time than dialogue scenes

4. Visual FX Scenes (green screen, motion control, visual effects components) These scenes require a lot of prep work and shooting time is longer than dialogue scenes

5. Act Break Scenes (only in TV) These scenes are important because they are used to keep the audience “hooked” into coming back after the commercial. Soap operas are a good example of this kind of hook into a commercial break.

NOTE: to determine how long it will take to shoot a scene, it’s not the page count per day that matters, it’s the camera set ups per day that matter. EXAMPLE: a 4 page dialogue scene should be easier and faster to shoot than a 2 page action scen.

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