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The Complete Guide to Film and Digital Production, 3rd Edition by Lorene M. Wales

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Script Breakdown and Scheduling

Completing a script breakdown and schedules for your project are two of the most important processes in pre-production. Here is where you will determine exactly what is needed to shoot your film, and when it is needed. This chapter will sketch out this process, which involves:

  1. Breaking down a script into various elements
  2. Getting that information into the computer
  3. Deriving a realistic schedule from which to work.

In addition, the chapter outlines which schedules are appropriate for all crew members and which schedules should go only to certain crew members, such as heads of departments.

To begin with, you should break down your script only when it is locked. A script is locked when you are finished making major ...

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