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Production Management for Film and Video, 3rd Edition by Richard Gates

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Chapter 3

A Feature Script (First few minutes)

‘You need three things for a good film and they are the script, the script and the script!’

A Hollywood saying

There was an occasion when John Ford was shooting a film and one day, while on location, a couple of the front office executives arrived on the set and asked to speak with Ford. In the consultation that followed they explained they they were very concerned because the production was three days behind schedule and the front office wanted to know what Ford was going to do about the situation. Ford called for an assistant to bring a copy of the script. ‘Three days?’ asked Ford, and the executives confirmed the estimate, so Ford counted out nine pages of script which he tore from the rest ...

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