PART 3: The Producer’s Path

Chapter 9

Breaking Down the Script

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FIGURE 9.1 A typical breakdown sheet, filled out.

Over the next several chapters, we’ll be focusing on prep activities that are traditionally considered part of the producer’s “domain”: scheduling, budgeting, and dealing with vendors, unions, states, and contracts. While they’re presented in a linear order, in fact they form a nonlinear, circular process that you’ll go back and forth through every day. Every time you adjust the schedule, you’ll have to adjust the budget. If this pushes the budget up significantly enough, you may have to renegotiate with a vendor or change your equipment ...

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