Non-Breakdown Preproduction


The process of rehearsing in preproduction varies from director to director and project to project. Depending on the process, script supervisors may or may not be asked to attend. When I worked with Stephen Frears, he was very concerned with keeping the action fresh for shooting. His “rehearsals” were long, private conversations with the actors. Night Shyamalan workshops the script for weeks with the actors and likes the script supervisor there the whole time.

The most specific rehearsals I’ve taken part in were for The Crucible. We taped off a rehearsal room floor, conforming it to the sets that were being built. All the major blocking decisions for these scenes were made during ...

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