Working With Sunfrog:
Working With Lists -
Importing a Script - Show
Information - Breakdown Items -
Locations - Contacts -
Schedules - Reports & Call
Sheets - Tutorial
Importing a Script
At present only script import is only supported for Final Draft.
Stay tuned for Movie Magic Screenwriter support, and a "generic" importer for
Word and pretty much any other screenwriting program.
Sunfrog does not remove existing breakdown sheets or
items before importing. Therefore you will probably want to remove
any existing breakdown sheets or items before you import.
If your script does not have numbered scenes, Sunfrog
will automatically number them. You may find this useful for testing
purposes, but in practice it's strongly recommended that you add scene
numbers to your shooting script. Add the scene numbers to the left
of the scene headings (such as "23. Int. Deli - DAY").
If your script refers to the same set by different names,
such as "Deli" and "Bob's Deli", the set will appear twice in some of the
reports. Therefore, be sure to use your set names consistently in
the script. It may take a couple of rounds of tweaking the script
before the script imports to your satisfaction.
Importing from Final Draft
In Final Draft, save your script as "RTF". ("RTF" stands
for "Rich Text File", a document interchange format developed by Microsoft).
For example, from Final Draft, select "File | Save As" and then select "RTF"
from the file type dropdown list.
In Sunfrog, on the file menu, select "File | Import |
Script". In the File Open dialog, be sure to select "Final Draft RTF"
from the file type dropdown.
Sunfrog will then import the script, showing progress on
the status bar in the lower left hand corner.
Categorizing the Breakdown Items
Sunfrog will make an "Educated Guess" as to what constitutes
a scene heading, character, or other breakdown item in your screenplay.
After the import is finished, Sunfrog will navigate to the Breakdown Items
List. This is so that you can begin categorizing breakdown items
recognized by the importer. However, you may want to check that the
Breakdown Sheets were imported to your satisfaction first (see the next
section). This is because if you re-import you will have to
re-categorize all the breakdown items again.
Scene Headings are recognized by lines such as
23. INT. Deli - DAY
EXT. Shop - LATER THAT NIGHT
9. Int. Aircraft Hangar - Manager's Office - Thursday Morning
It's important that the final time marker is preceded by a dash ("-"),
otherwise the importer won't know where the set marker ends and the time
Characters are recognized by lines such as
You big putz!
If a character has no speaking lines, then the character will be processed as
an "Uncategorized" item. This is so that you can decide if the
character belongs in the "Cast" or "Extras" category. (Typically extras
do not have speaking lines, while cast members do, but there are too many
exceptions to automatically decide this).
Sunfrog recognizes other breakdown items by UPPERCASE notation in
your script. Any UPPERCASE phrase not already recognized to be a
character, show title, or scene heading will be added to the "uncategorized"
list. These may include props, set dressing, sounds, costuming, camera
direction, or other items. TITLES typically go into the "Optical FX"
category. CAMERA DIRECTION can go into the "Shot" category.
Working with Imported Breakdown Sheets
As noted above, if your script refers to the same
set by different names, such as "Deli" and "Bob's Deli", the set will
appear twice in some of the reports. Therefore, be sure to use your
set names consistently in the script. It may take a couple of rounds
of tweaking the script before the script imports to your satisfaction.
If the script page and page count fields are blank, that
means that Sunfrog could not determine those fields. Page counts are
always presented in eighths of a page (even if it is a half page, for
example. 1 4/8). Knowing your daily page count is one of the
most important metrics of your shooting schedule, so it's strongly
recommended that you update the page count / script page fields on your
breakdown sheets with accurate values.
Create a Schedule from the Imported Script
After your Breakdown Items and Sheets have been imported to your
satisfaction, you are ready to create a