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Chapter Eight. Preproduction > Breaking Down the Script

Breaking Down the Script

Breaking down your script is the first step in preparing a schedule and calculating a budget. The breakdown lists every element (cast, crew, equipment, materials, and so on) you'll need for each scene in your production (Figure 8.2). You can do a breakdown manually, or use a computer application like Movie Magic Scheduling.

Figure 8.2. Here's the script breakdown for Scene 3 of When Harried Met Sally. In addition to listing the usual scene heading information and cast members, the only notable breakdown items are props, a sound effect, and production notes.



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