Script Supervising and Film Continuity

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Focal Press, 1999 - Performing Arts - 236 pages
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This definitive handbook explains how a script is transformed into a motion picture or television program. Readers will learn the methodology and craft of the script supervisor, who ensures that the continuity of a film, its logical progression, is coherent.

The book teaches all vital script supervising functions, including how to:
.prepare, or "break down" a script for shooting
.maintaining screen direction and progression
.matching scenes and shots for editing
.cuing actors
.recording good takes and prints
preparing time and log sheets for editing

This revision of an industry classic has been updated to reflect changes in the film industry in recent years, including the use of electronic media in the script supervisor's tasks. While it is written for the novice script writer, it can serve as a valuable resource for directors, film editors, scriptwriters and cinematographers.

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A coherent look at one of the underrated crafts of cinema and television. There aren't many books on continuity, and this one surpasses the likes of them all. There are some outdated (by 2012) areas Miller covers but most is relevant for anyone unacquainted with continuity (and would like to be) should definitely read this book. However, If you don't have a real interest for cinema and the process behind it, your mind will slip quickly.
Overal: 4.5/5 stars.

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I bought this book a while ago to learn the craft of continuity. Now, I am in the process of making my own production and am referring to it constantly to ensure I cross my "t"s and dot my "i"s. I really appreciate the no-nonsens, professional manner in which she writes.

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