There are various aspects of breaking down a script and those items which you will create after doing so.  The Script Breakdown section discusses how to do a breakdown, but then what?  What are the items you need to create, how do you read them - and how do you make them look good for others to communicate clearly?  This section will try to shed some light on those issues.

Note: Forms change slightly (or drastically) from AD to AD and UPM to UPM.  That's cool.  As long as information the crew gets is complete and consistent - that is the most critical issue.



The Shooting Schedule usually only gets printed for a select crew and department heads at the Production Meeting.  It's a thick document which gives every detail and element of each scene.  This is used to review everything, all the elements.  When they are printed, sometimes they are in shooting order, sometimes in scene order.  I urge people to be green and try not to print this too many times.



The One Line is the document you will see most as a schedule distributed to the crew by the A.D. Department.  The name comes from the theoretical idea that all the information is on 'one line'.  In practice, there usually at least two, if not three, lines per strip.  I like to shove as much on one line as possible - however, the basics are always there no matter who's form you use.  The One Line should include:

  • Scene Number
  • Slugline Information = Int or Ext.  |  Set  |  Time of Day
  • Page Count
  • Cast Used  |  Represented by cast number
  • Short synopsis of the scene

Additionally, you could design your own (in Movie Magic) to include more info, such as:

  • Script Day / Night
  • Time to Shoot
  • Number of BG (Background)

Also, when reading a One Line, traditionally the "End of Day" Banner goes AFTER the days work, and reads "End of Day XX" then the date and so on.  I manually put in strips that denote the beginning of the day.  I do this purely for readability and to cut confusion.  No matter how many projects I have done, every single one of them has a person get confused at the One Line.  Why?  I don't know.



A stripboard technically refers to the old-school form of having the schedule in vertical strips - like a one line, but vertical.  I don't know too many people who use this printing format anymore.  However, for sake of clarity and completeness, here's what one would look like.



Yeah, it's a funny name.  Think of it as "One Day's Work, Out of All Days", then truncate that to "Day out of Days".  Some people call it simply, "Day of Days" or they say the letters D-O-D.  Regardless of the funny names and further truncation of the name - it is a chart which shows who or what works on a given day.

You can make a DooD (Day out of Days) for anything.  Each box will show some code letters for what's going on that day.  Here's a rundown of the ones you are most likely to see.

  • SW = Start/Work  |   The first day of work.  See the rules notes below for a huge exception to this mark.
  • W = Work  |  A day of work.
  • WF = Work/Finish  |  The last day of work.  Again, see below for an exception.
  • T = Travel  |  Travel day for the cast.
  • R = Rehearsal | A day of rehearsals for this cast.
  • Q = Fitting  |  A day of fitting (wardrobe) for the cast.
  • WD = Work/Drop  |  A day of work, then this person has a drop-gap.
  • PW = PickUp/Work  |  The first day back from a drop-gap.
  • H = Hold  |  A day the person/item does not work.

"Whoa!", you might say.  There are some above I don't ever remember seeing, or don't use myself.  That's OK.  I bet it's "Q" that's new to you.  I use Q for fittings, because I can't use F or else people may think this person is Finished today.  See?  On this subject, if you use 'TR', then how do people know that this cast member is not traveling, then rehearsing?  If that's what the person is doing - great.  If not, then it is not as clear as it could be.

Hold Days

Notice that the Props DooD (as should any non-cast / person DooD) does not show HOLD days.


Day denotations can be combined in different ways too, such as "SWD" would be the first day of work for a person, and s/he will be going into a drop-gap; or perhaps PUF as the day back from a drop-gap and the person's last day of work.  A "W" in this case would not only not fit in the box, but it's unneccesary and presumed given the other notations.


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