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IFP/Los Angeles Independent Filmmaker's Manual, Second Edition, 2nd Edition by Nicole Laloggia, Eden H. Wurmfeld

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4BREAKING DOWN A SCRIPT

The first step to scheduling and budgeting a film is breaking down the script. This must occur before engaging in pre-production. Breaking down the script will enable you to account for all of the film’s needs (props, characters, locations, picture vehicles, extras, special effects, and so on), and the breakdown will serve as the framework for both your schedule and your budget. If you have a detailed breakdown to refer to, you will be able to budget the film accurately and target any potential budgetary concerns. Your breakdown will also be helpful to your department heads later on.

This chapter explains how to break down a script using Movie Magic Scheduling. We use this computer program ourselves and recommend it highly, ...

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