Breaking Down the Script
Occasionally, production managers are hired during preproduction for the sole purpose of scheduling and budgeting. For producers and directors who have limited familiarity with the details of budgeting and scheduling, this can be a wise course of action. Thorough scheduling is essential to an efficient film production, and breaking the script down into practical production requirements is your first priority.
In order to properly break down a script, it's important that the script be written in
When lining the script, be cautious about using colored highlighters directly over the text. Yellow highlighting often fades over time, and darker highlight colors can make the copy difficult to read and impossible to legibly fax or photocopy. Underlining text will eliminate the problem.
Lining the Script
Makeup and hair
Breakdown sheets are individual pages that have a header space for filling in the scene number, script page, set or location, whether it is a daytime or nighttime shoot, whether it is an exterior or interior shot, and a scene synopsis for every scene of your film. These sheets provide all of the necessary production requirements for every scene.
Breakdown sheets contain all of the production elements shown in separately drawn boxes. The color-coded text in the lined script provides a quick visual reference for entering the necessary information into each box.
Production Strip Boards
Traditionally, the production strip board is an oversized panel that uses vertical slots for holding individual strips of production information taken from corresponding breakdown sheets. These strips essentially become a jigsaw puzzle of production data that can be arranged into practical production sequences. Each of the production strips should contain the following information:
Breakdown sheet number
By grouping elements such as locations, required cast, or day or night shooting, the strip board creates a simplified visual blueprint of the production requirements of each scene. This is an essential tool for producing an efficient shooting schedule. By their very nature, strip boards are designed to be flexible and easily rearranged, and are usually adjusted on a daily basis to accommodate the inevitable ups and downs of production.