November 26, 2014 at 11:25AM

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Screenplay - Draft Colors

Could someone please explain to me how the colors of a screenplay draft works?

I mean I have heard about it, and understand that there is different colors for different drafts... But how do "they" decide colors and such?

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December 1, 2014 at 5:09AM

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Viktor Ragnemar
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Assuming this is what you're looking for:

https://gideonsway.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/production-drafts/

December 1, 2014 at 4:40PM

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Gareth Ng
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Thanks, exactly what I wanted :)

Viktor Ragnemar

December 3, 2014 at 7:02AM

Once you go into production each new draft is printed on different coloured paper so that everyone can instantly see that actors etc have the correct draft. If one person has a yellow draft and everyone else is on pink, you know that person has the wrong copy of the script.

As for assigning the colours, I think scriptwriting software does it automatically - Fade In Pro, which I use, does.

As people increasingly move towards pdfs on their tablets and phones I don't know if this tradition will survive, although I think it's also a truism that the old tools are often the best - after all 99% of scripts are still written in courier font because it's what 1940s typewriters used...

December 1, 2014 at 7:08PM

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Jon Mills
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