Limecraft Flow is an all-in-one solution for production of feature film or TV series. Start by creating or uploading your script. In this article, we explain how to use screenplays in Limecraft Flow using the Screenplay app.

Open the Screenplay app by clicking its button in the dark toolbar on the left. The button looks like this:

Button to open the Screenplay app

The image below gives an overview of the different parts of the Screenplay app (you can click the image to enlarge it).

Overview of the Screenplay app in Limecraft Flow
  1. App button – Clicking it will launch the Screenplay Builder app
  2. Screenplay listing – Lists all the screenplays in your production. Clicking a screenplay will select it. At the top of the listing is a link to create a new screenplay.
  3. Scene listing – List of scenes in the selected screenplay. At the bottom is a button to create a new scene in the selected screenplay.
  4. Scene media contents – Clips and subclips assigned to the scene
  5. Scene media toolbar – contains actions to perform on the media assigned to the scene
  6. Scene editor – This is where you edit the scene
  7. The bottom of the screen shows the library

A - E. Scenes behave like collections

It is clear that the Screenplay Builder looks very similar to the Collection Builder. Therefore it is helpful to read working with collections first before continuing. Creating and managing screenplays works the same as creating and managing collection groups. Creating and managing scenes works the same as creating and managing collections.

In Part C of the overview image, note that you can upload a script written in an external application using the Upload Script / Replace Script button at the bottom.

You can assign clips and subclips to scenes in the same way you would for collections.

With the Screenplay Builder, you write your screenplay (see below) first. As you shoot and ingest material into Flow, you can make rough cuts for each scene and the screenplay like you would export a collection to the edit suite.

F. Scene editor – Create fiction scripts

Let’s focus on something you don’t have on a collection. Each scene represents a part of the screenplay.

At the top you edit the traditional scene heading:

  • First you indicate if the scene is happening indoors (INT), outdoors (EXT) or both (INTEXT).
  • The location where the scene takes place is also given.
  • The time of day completes the scene heading (DAY / NIGHT / …).

Next you can start writing the contents of the scene. A scene consists of a succession of elements. Each element can have one of the following types:

  • Action Span – An action performed by the character
  • Dialogue Span – Speech spoken by the character
  • Character – A character. Followed by Action Span or Dialogue Span
  • Action – A generic action, not performed by specific character
  • Instruction – Instruction

When you press return in the editor, a new element is added. Flow will guess the type based on the context, but you can change the type using the Change type menu at the bottom or using the shortcuts which are indicated in the menu.