log, transcript & treatment


documentary films / styles

et cetera





the analysis of shots in documentary and narrative film/videos is very simple and useful and allows a fast overview of your film structure. This file is written in traditional 12-point Courier and is downloadable as a Word file. For Mac, Option+Click to download as Word file; for PC, right click. This is Freeware written in 1989 by Peter Thompson. Feel free to pass it on to other filmmakers.

Template for shot analysis of documentary and narrative films

This template lets you see a number of issues at a glance: shot number, total time of shot, what kind of a shot, angle of the shot, main subject, audio with SFX, and transition (cut, dissolve, etc.).

All these are entered using the "Tables" function under the INSERT menu. (For more on tables in Mircorsoft Word, select "Help" under the WINDOW menu and scroll to "Tables").


Here’s how to make an initial table for this kind of template:

1 Open a new worksheet.

2. Select "Table" under the INSERT menu.

3. Next to "Number of Columns" type "2"; next to "Number of Rows" type "10"; next to "Width" type "1 in."

4. Press "OK".

The table will now insert onto your new worksheet.


You now need to change the widths of the columns. For this, I refer you to the "Help" menu which is comprehensive and concise:

1. Select "Help" under the WINDOW menu.

2. Scroll to "Tables: Changing Cell Formatting", and select it.

3. Scroll down to "Adjusting Standard Column Spacing".

4. Read it and apply it to your script to get the cell widths you wish.


Miscellaneous Observations about "Tables"

If you need to make space above the table to type the name of your project, hold down the Option key and Comand key at the same time, and then hit the Spacebar. The entire table will shift down one space so you can type your project title.

Two things to be mindful of when working with tables:

1) The more words you enter into a table cell the slower the scrolling of the script will be. Therefore, break up your speeches into a few sentences per cell.

2) Do not let words in a cell spill the cell over from the bottom of one page to the top of the next page. It will read OK on the screen--but when you print it out, you will find that much of the contents of the cell will have disappeared.

To prevent this from happening:

1. Place the cursor in the top left of the next lower cell.

2. Choose "Table Layout" under FORMAT.

3. Select both "Row" and "Insert".

4. A new blank row will be inserted in the row above your cursor.

5. Now select some sentences in the overflowing cell.

6. Cut them and paste into the new cell.















in his handwriting, opened flat

VO: "When we set sail from the shores of ...."


2 :23 LS PanL Pan Left along the Yucatan coast VO: "...the unnamed island and sailed westward it was there that we saw Indian Merchants in a boat and we gave chase and stopped them for their own good". DIS
3 :03 MS HIGH PanR Pan Right to 3 Mayan men in sea canoe looking up, questioningly FX: anchor chain lowered into sea CUT