February 19, 2017 at 8:13AM

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Eights of the script... How?

Hey guys!
So, I'm breaking down my script for the first time (Someone else used to do it for me, or we just didn't bother. Can't recommend the latter strategy). I've studied up on it online and found the whole "Eights of the page" method. I've never done this before, and tried doing it manually. My script is quite thick however, and will take me a couple of days, judging by the speed I just tried doing the first scene. Is there any way to do this using software (preferably free) or just a quicker way to get this done?

Thanks guys. Looking forward to hearing it!

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Mostly you have your finished shooting script printed on paper in front of you so can mark and make notes into it.

Yes, it takes some time to devide every site of the script into 8 nearly equal eights. It doens't have to perfect. Just use a ruler and a pen to do it by sight.

Dividing a script into eights is just that other people who read the schedule, the shotlist or storyboard find the exact part of the script faster than just having the page number and then searching the line they need to know.

Of course you don't have to do it but it makes life much easyer and it's a part of film pre production. Mostly you don't have enough time on set but more than enough in pre-production so safe you some time on set by spending some time when you prepare your shoot.

February 19, 2017 at 11:17AM

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Eric Halbherr
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