BELA LAMPERT

Yoga Instructor
Optioned Screenwriter

Watermarking In Final Draft 11

You can watch this blog post as video: https://youtu.be/e9WNkxnqTPU In this lesson we'll look at how to assign a watermark to a script when you print it or pdf it. Sometimes you want to give a script a watermark before you hand it to someone either to personalize script versions, or to differentiate between different versions. That's what the watermark function is for. It's really easy. Go to "Document - Watermark". You just enter the text you want to use as Watermark in the box that pops up. That's it. Now if you pdf or print the script that Watermark will be written across every page. If you want to get rid of the Watermark again just open the Watermark box again via "Document - Watermark" and delete the text and it's gone again. ...

Everything Is A Filter

How much of a book do you read before you put it aside and decide it’s not for you. How much of a TV show do you watch before you go looking for something else? How much of an article do you read? How much attention do you give a lecture before you tune out? Based on who we are, what our interests and personalities are and on a million other things, we make these small, unconscious decisions all the time. If we test something, we might give it the benefit of the doubt first, but after a little bit of time we want to see if that “thing”, whatever it is, is worth our time investment. So, in a way, we’re filtering everything. Every information we get passes through a mental filter and is evaluated. Is this for me or isn’t it? Do I like this dress or don’t I? Do I like this character in a show or don’t I? Do I find this first sentence in a book interesting? Do I go on reading the second one? The thing is, if too much of what we’re perceiving and filtering lands in the “don’t like” section (or other negative sections), we don’t want it anymore. It doesn’t seem worth our time. Remember those boring lectures at university? A lot of it lands in the “don’t like” section and if we choose to continue or not depends on a lot of factors, including how bad we need this lecture to finish our studies. But our readers always have a choice. Nobody forces them to...

Reports In Final Draft 11

You can watch this article as video: https://youtu.be/Wln4cWmsg1U Sometimes you as a writer or maybe the production departments needs an overview of certain script information to plan the shoot. For example, they might need a list of all the location that are needed in the movie. For obvious reasons it's not practical to go through the script and do a manual count. So, Final Draft 11 gives you a variety of different reports that you can use to get a better overview, or a summary of some sort, of certain script elements. Let's have a look at what kinds of reports you can export from Final Draft 11. SCENE REPORT As the name suggest, the scene report gives you a list of all your scenes. You can choose to order them either in: - Script order (that's order of appearance) - Alphabetical order - The shortest scene first - Or the longest scene first Choose a font that you want to use for this report. Now the scene report exports the following information: - Scene number (if available) - Page number - Length of the scene in eighths - And number of times a character appears LOCATION REPORT The location report gives you a list with additional information of your locations. You can choose to order after: - Script order, that shows you which location appears on which script page - Alphabetical order, that shows you where on which page each location appears as an exterior or an interior location - Most occurrences - Least occurrences - Scene intro, that gives you all exterior locations, all interior locations, and all other locations - Or after...

The Cost of Goals

I went hiking the other day. I took my camera and I wanted to reach a beautiful mountain lake in the north of Spain. Usually you can get there by car, but the road was closed due to covid restrictions.  So I went on foot. It was a tough hike, but still, incredibly beautiful. I knew I didn’t have all the time in the world because the route was quite long, and also, I didn’t have endless battery life for my camera. So, I decided for all the beautiful things that come along my way I just make a picture with my iPhone and that’s it. But still, I was tempted all the time to take out my camera, set it up, use up battery life and storage space (it needs a looooot of storage) to capture the beauty in front of me. And every time when I thought about it, I decided against it. Because really thinking it through, I didn’t want to trade time, energy, battery life and storage for what I had in mind. My goal was the lake. And that reminded me of all the distractions we face in life. We make up our mind about our goal and then for a while it’s easy to keep going in that directions. But distractions come and they try to seduce us. They may seem harmless in the moment. But we lose time, energy, and sometimes other things which makes it harder to get to where we want to get. Now, that isn’t to say that in the midst of thinking you...

Time vs. Quality

If you have little time, you’re more likely to succeed if you do a little work very well instead of a lot of mediocre work. To do what you do with more inspiration: [incta][inlink] ...

Scene Numbers In Final Draft 11

You can also watch the content of this article as video: https://youtu.be/p2X4G8PKROs In this article we'll have a look at scene and page numbers. This is a very important part of the pre-production and production phase of your project because after a certain point page and scene numbers cannot change anymore. This is because everyone in the production department and in other departments has to rely on this information. Otherwise it would be impossible to make sure that everyone is literally on the same page when planning and carrying out certain tasks like prepping sets, costumes, visual effects and other stuff. So, how does this work when changes are made to the script, after scene and page numbers have been locked for production? Once a script goes into pre-production, the page and scene numbers are locked and are not changed. So, when certain scene are changed afterward the corresponding pages are called "revisions" or "revised pages".  We'll have a look at revisions in another lesson, for now you only need to know that this is how they're called. If a scene or a page is added, this scene or page gets a number, usually appended or preceded by a letter, because the following page or scene number is already taken. So, during the pre-production and production process, there will be scenes and pages changes all the time and until production is wrapped up your script will most likely be a collection of pages from different revised versions. So, let's see how the numbering of scenes and pages works...

The Emotional Equivalent Of Fatty Food

We crave food that is not good for us. Not all the time, but way too often. But why is that? I read somewhere that the reason for this is that the body constantly tries to prepare for an emergency situation. When we need quick energy because we need to run from some life-threatening danger, the body needs sugar and fat. (I might be a little off on this, I’m not a nutritionist, but I think you get the idea.) So, if we know that we probably need to run from a tiger soon, it won’t harm our body to eat something that under normal circumstances would be very unhealthy for us. (If we really DO run and burn that fuel, that is.) But if we would constantly give in to our body’s demand of unhealthy food because it wants to stack up on energy, we wouldn’t feel well after a while, and after some more time we might even become sick. It’s the same with our thoughts. Our mind has the ability to prepare for disaster before it happens. Because we have the ability to link ahead and plan accordingly. And it’s a great thing, if applied consciously. But it shouldn’t become our default state. It’s like with the fatty food. Our mind constantly tries to prepare us for disaster, the mind trap being that we think if we think about that before hand we’re somehow preparing to deal with that situation better when it arrives. But that’s not the case. Most disaster situations that our mind produces on an ongoing basis never become reality. The only...

Final Draft Revision Colors

You can watch this article as video: https://youtu.be/75uhVbnuz50 What Are Revisions? Revisions are essentially script pages that have been changed after the page and scene numbering of a script has already been locked. Since it’s important in the pre-production and production phase of a movie that the scenes always keep referring to the same pages, there has to be a way to deal with script changes. So, on the one hand you need to make sure that the whole team working on the movie refers to the same scenes and pages, that’s what they’re locked for. On the other hand, how are you going to deal with changes that will inevitably occur? If you were to change the content of one script page, all subsequent pages would changes as well, which would soon create a mess in all the departments. That’s what revised pages are for. If you change one page, this one page is called a revision and all subsequent pages stay in place. So, what if the revised page gets longer and you need another page to finish the scene? Well, then you add another revised page and the scene will finish on that second page. This second page will get a special page number - we’ll look at that in a second - and once the changed scene is finished there will be added nothing else on the revised page. The rest of the page after the scene ends stays blank. So, all the pages after the revised pages can keep the...

I Already Know This

The moment you assume that you already know something, what happens? When you’re in a class and the teacher is about to talk about a topic that you think you already know everything there is to know about, what happens? When someone tells a story about someone that you think you’ve already heard before, what happens? You shut down your attention and focus on something else. Or you keep your attention but at a minimum amount, assuming there is no new information to process. In both cases you shut down your learning. So, what’s the problem about that? Maybe there isn’t one. Maybe it’s true that you already do know everything there is to know about that topic or about that story. That possibility does exist. But in most cases, if you decide otherwise...

The Perfectionist Puzzle

Probably you know this: When you’re writing, you keep adding new bits and pieces, and all of a sudden you realize that one or more pieces don’t fit. At least not the way you intended to. And depending on which pieces you want to keep, you need to get rid of others as a result. What happens then is you go into some form of unrest. It could be downright anger and frustration, with the feeling of ‘you’ll never get this done’ (or something along those lines), or your reaction could be very subtle. You tense up, you don’t like being in that situation and you don’t really know what decision to make. Whatever you do, you feel kind of bad about the situation and about yourself. Now another example. Maybe you’re a puzzler, maybe not, but I’m sure you can imagine the situation. When you make a puzzle, you’re trying a million (or less, depending on the puzzle) if they fit and until you find the correct one, chances are you have to go through a lot of trial and error before. Do you feel bad about that? Maybe. But puzzling should be fun, right? So, most probably you accept these “failures” as part of the game. That’s where the fun comes from, isn’t it? If you didn’t have the trial and error element, what would the point of the puzzle be? Are you judging yourself anytime a piece doesn’t fit? Are you angry about yourself because you didn’t make the perfect choice right off the bat? Most probably not. Now, back to the...