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The Complete Film Production Handbook, 4th Edition by Eve Light Honthaner

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Chapter 4

From Script to Schedule

 

 

INTRODUCTION

My definition of production is the process of taking a script and creating (or ‘producing’) a movie (or TV show, cable movie, commercial, webisode, mobisode or interactive program or game) from it. In simpler terms, it’s the manufacturing of a product. This chapter covers (among other related issues) certain basic elements of production – the script breakdown, board and schedule and how each step progressively leads to the next. If you’re not already breaking down scripts and creating schedules, it’s doubtful that reading this chapter would qualify you to do so. It will, however, provide you with a fundamental understanding of how it all works; why it’s important to know and why these functions ...

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