Script break down with the new scene level tagging in Adobe Story

 We’ve added a major new feature in this release, along with dozens of smaller ones. In this blog post, I’m going to walk you through using the new Scene Level Tagging functionality in Story Plus. This post covers the other features and changes we’ve made.

Adobe Story has had the ability to tag individual words in a script—either manually or automatically—for a while now. And that was great if the item you want to tag is explicitly mentioned in the script. But what if the thing you need to tag is implied, rather than explicitly called out? Previously, you had to add that item to your script, or wait until later in the process to capture it. With Scene Level Tagging, it’s a breeze.

Another advantage of Story’s new approach to tagging? You can now capture info needed to break down your script right in the script itself, and it all flows effortlessly into your schedule. This makes it easy for one person on a team to break down a script scene by scene while someone else works on the schedule—another way that Story’s collaboration features can help teams work more efficiently.

One other thing worth noting: You can now define your own custom categories for the tags you want to use, rather than slogging through a list of 40+ items (many of which you’d only need for certain genres of content). And  Tag Lists you create can be assigned at a project level, so they’re available for all scripts in the project.

Here’s a quick walkthrough of how the new feature works, to help you get started. Note that you have to be a Story Plus user to see these options—a great reason to upgrade.

In your Project panel, click the Manage Lists button on the toolbar. In addition to managing Character, Set, and Actor lists for your project, you can now create and edit Tag and Tag Item lists.

use Manage Lists to set up your tag lists

The Tag list contains the tag categories you want to organize any specific tags into; tag categories for Props, Set Dressing, Make-up, Wardrobe, Vehicles, and Sound Notes would be logical entries here. It’s worth thinking a bit about which categories you want to track, and designing this up front.

tag list db

The Tag Items list are the things you’re likely to use over and over again, and anything you enter here can be auto-filled as you type, which saves time. Tag items might be things like a marble table lamp, hot pink lipstick, a blue school backpack, a red and white polka dot scarf that’s a character’s signature item. Unlike the Tag List categories, Tag Items can be edited on the fly or added up front; you can also add tags to the scene without including them in the project-level Tag Items list.

tag items db

Once you’ve created your Tag  and Tag Items lists, assign them to your project. As with all of the other list types, you can assign the same lists to multiple projects.

Open the script you want to tag, then choose View > Tagging Panel to reveal the panel where you’ll apply tags. The top of the panel now has a section called Current Scene Tags, which will be empty when you start. As you add tag items, they’ll appear here grouped by category.
Navigate to the scene you want to tag, and then start adding them items you want to associate for that scene. You can add tags either by click on the Add button next to the Tags listed, or you can click on the Edit button at the top of the panel. In the Add Tags dialog box, select the Tag category you want to add items to, enter text (up to 32 characters per entry), and then click Add. You can open or hide items within a Tag category, and you can move from category to category easily. When you’re done, click Close.

Add Tags db

Move to the next scene and break down that scene in the same way.

Because Story covers both screenwriting AND scheduling/production planning, all of the tags you enter here can be viewed in your schedule, and pushed out to some reports.

For example, the new Bible report (requested by a major customer in Ireland) provides a scene-on-a-page summary of your production, which is handy to have on set for everyone involved in a shoot. If you’ve tagged a scene, each Tag category is listed in the left column, and the Tag Items you added for that category are listed on the right—making it easy for wardrobe, makeup and set dressing teams to get prepared and stay organized.

We’re really excited to be delivering this new capability—we think it’ll help your productions go even more smoothly, so you can focus on making in-the-moment creative decisions. 

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