Chapter 3

Breakdowns

We would have a nightly meeting for an hour. We would go over the schedule, which matched the lined script, which matched the storyboard, which matched the breakdowns.

Howard McCain

PRODUCER

Breaking Down the Script

Before a shooting schedule can be devised, the producer in his role as production manager or line producer examines the script from all practical angles. Up to now, the emphasis has been on making the structure and the dialogue of the story work. Although it might be dramatically effective for the main characters to have an intimate conversation in a park during a rainstorm on a bridge at night, from a practical and safety point of view, accomplishing this shot might be difficult. The producer must think about ...

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