LINED SCRIPT PAGES
- American or European scene numbering styles.
- Choose any line weight or color.
- Squiggle and unsquiggle portions of lines easily.
- Create ‘Take Ends Here’ marks for takes of varying length.
- Easily move lines around to accommodate many shots on one script
- A shot description can be entered next to a scene number, or left
- Coverage lines spanning multiple pages can be represented with an
arrow at the ends, or as a straight line continuing through the bottoms
and tops of pages.
- Wild sound can be represented on the script page by using a
rectangle around these scene numbers as opposed to the standard circle.
Or, alternately, use the rectangle to distinguish TV versions of scenes
from theater versions.
If preferred, use your own forms:
- Description Pages (American Style)
- Slate Reports (European Style)
- A form complete with places to fill in extensive camera
- Editor’s Logs for Film and Video
- Editor's Logs For Commercials
- End Of Day AD Reports
- Adds the day's numbers into the script's various 'remaining' and
'totals' values with the push of a button.
- Running Totals Tally Sheets
- A form which can be used as a 'lunch report' for assistant
directors, as well as helping to keep running totals of scenes, pages,
and screen time completed throughout the day.
- Automatically calculates page count, screen time, and number of
completed scenes - taking away that chance of late night/end-of-day
- Camera Info Sheets
- A supplemental sheet for the more detailed setups allowing input
for lens, lens height, distance, tilt, dutch, focus, stop, filters, key
light, and time of day.
- Log shots throughout the day in any program you choose like
Excel or Word then import the completed forms into
- The import is seamless and works with any program, no matter how
- Imported forms will look exactly as created, preserving the fonts,
lines, and complete formatting of the form.
ON THE SCRIPT PAGE
- Quick enough to use during the shot, these notes point directly
to the action or dialogue to which they refer.
- For example: point and [click] Rt. Hand [click] Rises [click]
Crosses To Door [click] Turns Counterclockwise.
- A small 'x' appears on the script page at the point of mouse click,
connected to a line and a text box with your continuity note. The note
can be moved around, added to, or deleted at any time.
- A scene and take reference can be added to each note to keep track
of actor variations from take to take.
- Ad libs, dropped lines and mini script revisions can be handled in
the following ways:
- Use the ‘strike through’ notation to denote dropped or omitted
dialogue, then type in additional actions and ad libs in any color.
Dialogue and action additions can be made to look like they existed in
the original script, or can be put in the script's margins.
- Erase actions and dialogue from the script and type in mini
revisions without changing the script's pagination.
The script's scene headings need to be formatted in a standard way so
that the breakdowns can be accurately created. For example:
If production has given a script to you that is not formatted in the
above way, instructions are given in the Continuity manual
explaining how to easily modify the slug lines into this format.
Continuity creates the following breakdowns which continually
update as shooting progresses:
Other Notes About the Breakdowns
- One Liners
- A one-line description of every single scene describing day of
story, scene number, set, and a scene summary.
- User can tag special continuity notes on the script which are
included in these one liners. Ex: JOHNNY BREAKS HIS WRIST, CAR
EXPLODES, CUTS HIMSELF SHAVING.
- Time Frame
- Groups scenes by the time frame in which they take
- Lists every scene a character plays in.
- Character List with Sets
- Lists every set location and scene number a character plays
- Wardrobe, Makeup, Hair, Appearance
- Puts every note made about an actor’s appearance into a list
sorted by scene number and story’s time frame.
- Breaks down INT. and EXT. scenes by set.
- Distinguishes DAY and NIGHT scenes and sets.
- Sets Detail
- Puts every note made about a set into a list sorted by scene
number and story’s time frame.
- Puts every note made about a vehicle into a list sorted by scene
number and story’s time frame.
- Lists every scene a given vehicle is in.
- Puts every note made about a prop into a list sorted by scene
number and story’s time frame.
- Lists every scene a given prop is in.
- Page Count, Screen Time, Total Scenes, & Script Pre-Timing List
- Adds together a script's total scenes, page count, completed
screen time, and script pre-timing values.
- Omitted scenes are automatically subtracted from the 'total scenes
in script' value as well as the corresponding page count, and any
completed screen time.
- The 'completed screen time' column sits next to the 'script
pre-timing' total allowing script supervisors to gauge the accuracy of
their pre-production script timing as well as anticipate whether the
script will be running longer or shorter than initially estimated.
- Continuity calculates a plus or minus total of how much
shorter or longer the script supervisor's timing is from the actual
completed screen time.
- A running list of every visual and special effect sorted by
scene number and story's time frame. Also included are any special
notes you add about the effect, slate codes given by the effects house,
or notes on the means of carrying out the effect.
- Shots Still Owed
- Lists pieces of dialogue or sections of a scene still to be
shot, sorted by scene number.
- Wild Sound List
- A list of wild lines and wild tracks still owed, sorted by scene
number and character or description of sound.
- Once the sound is recorded, this breakdown also serves as a log for
the sound editor, complete with date, sound roll, and slate info.
- Questions & Comments To Crew
- Keeps a running list of questions you’ve tagged on the script
page needing to be answered by or pointed out to various members of
- Continuity By Scene Breakdown
- An A.D. - type breakdown which includes every continuity note
made about a particular scene. This includes all notes from the
- The user of Continuity chooses
which information will go into each breakdown with the 16 tag categories. This allows for
maximum control of a breakdown's usefulness.
- Given that writers can neglect to give the same name to a prop,
character, or set each time they refer to it, Continuity allows a
user to correct this by naming elements in order to keep the breakdowns
accurate. For example:
- If INT. HALL and INT. HALLWAY are the same set, the user can
rename one of those sets in order to get a clean and accurate 'Sets
Breakdown' as well as eliminate messy cross-outs on the script. This
helps to avoid multiple incidents of confusion generated with
inconsistent naming of characters (CHARLIE - SHADOWY FIGURE), props
(HANDBAG - BAG), etc.
- Completed scenes are represented inside a red circle.
- Partially completed scenes are represented inside a red
- Omitted scenes are represented inside a red square.
- Completed and then omitted scenes are represented inside a red
circle and square.
- Partially completed and then omitted scenes are represented inside a
red half circle and square.
PLAYBACK ON THE SCRIPT
Continuity can import captured images from other software
programs for placement anywhere on the script page or notes. These
imported pieces of footage sit as a thumbnails on the script page.
Click once on the thumbnail with the 'hand tool' and the scene will
begin playing in a window right there on the script page! Navigate
instantly to any place in the scene by sliding the playback bar left or
We Win! Studios is very excited about this feature and has been
experimenting extensively to find a way for script supervisors to keep a
playback catalogue of an entire film attached to the corresponding
points on the script page. What better way to match a scene than by
watching its preceding and following scenes with the click of a button?!
We are happy to announce we have succeeded in our attempt to keep a
whole feature film as playback reference on a regular laptop - about
350-500 MB of hard disk space is required to do so. Seminars are coming
soon to demonstrate exactly how easy it is to capture and maintain video
- it is so simple, you won't dream of keeping continuity without this
feature ever again.
Please note: Separate hardware, software and cables are
required in order to capture playback from the monitor. Inquire about
Continuity Software seminars in your area which will detail the simplest
ways to do this.
- Use a digital camera to take continuity photos - import them
into your computer with the software that came with the camera, then use
them with Continuity in two ways:
- Paste the pictures anywhere on your script page or continuity
- Attach a small tag to any part of a script page, which upon
selected, brings up a full size picture. (This feature works well if
you don't want the picture to show on the script page for the editors,
yet want to refer to it anytime while working on set.)
Use of this feature requires sound capability in your
laptop as well as a microphone jack or embedded microphone - common
features on a computer, but there are exceptions. Check your computer's
user manual to see if it has a sound card.
- Attach a small microphone to your laptop via the microphone jack,
and record a voice message. (Some Macs instead have a microphone built
into the screen that you can talk into). The audio note icon which
refers to this recording can be placed anywhere on the script page or
notes. Click on the icon and the note is played on the laptop's
- This works particularly well if you have a lot to keep track of
and not enough time to type it in.
- Under heavy ad libs and dialogue switch-ups during a take, this
feature can help. Record the take for later play back in order to
transcribe the true dialogue onto the script.
- Comteks can be plugged directly into a laptop's microphone
jack. A simple split adapter can be used to direct sound into both the
laptop and headsets at the same time.
SCREEN DIRECTION SKETCHES
Other notes about sketches:
- Make basic sketches of camera angles in relation to the set and
characters with the 'pencil' tool.
- Also included are 'circle', 'square', and 'line' tools.
- Double clicking on the sketch opens up a window to type in
- Sketch can be placed anywhere on the script, notes or logs.
SCRIPT NOTE DISTRIBUTION
- If you are a script supervisor who really is an artist and rely
heavily on the detail of your sketches, it is possible to get a mouse
tablet to work with your laptop. This tablet works in place of a mouse,
allowing you to write on the screen / script with the same feel of
pencil to paper yielding very accurate drawings.
TO EDITORS AND PRODUCTION
- Bring along a portable printer, or even a not so portable one to
print out notes at the end of the night.
- If you don’t have a printer on set, simply hand in a disk to
production so they can print out your notes.
- Production or editors do not need to have Continuity
installed on their computer in order to view, print or access your
- Fax notes directly from Continuity to the production office
or editing suite.
- Most computers with modems come standard with fax software.
Check your computer’s user manual.
Burn to Disk
- An entire script is a small enough size to be e-mailed to almost
any e-mail box. If the size of a script is too large, there are free
file stuffing programs like WinZip to compress the script file
size for e-mailing.
- If you don’t have a disk handy to back up your script at the end of
the day, e-mail notes to yourself as a back-up measure.
- Pop a CD-R into your laptop and burn all your notes to disk to
hand in at the end of the night instead of copying or faxing notes.
Production can easily print the notes on any MAC or PC production
computer with the free Acrobat
Reader software installed.
- Continuity automatically creates bookmarks for every scene in
the script (this includes most feature film type scripts which use
standard formatting -- if Continuity can not read the formatting
of your script, it allows bookmarks to be manually created).
- Additional bookmarks can be made for anything you choose to insert
into your script such as breakdown pages, set diagrams from other
computer programs, etc.
- This feature turns a script into a virtual binder, click on any tab
and immediately be brought to that section of the script.
- Number lines of actor dialogue as you like with small numbers placed
anywhere you choose.
- Though many commercial scripts / storyboards are not available in
computer format, it is very easy to get story board pages into your
computer for import by Continuity.
- Scan them into your computer with a scanner.
- If you do not have a scanner, have someone fax the storyboards
to you, and use your computer to receive the fax.
- Every script handed in, or portion thereof, is a high-quality
- Easily insert script revisions without hassle. Even if they arrive
in hard copy format on set the very day they are being shot - use a
portable scanner to import them into Continuity. (The Canon BJC-85
or BJC-55 portable printer with optional scanner card attachment
- Use the 'find' command to locate any word or phrase in the
- Change the color of select shot coverage lines to reflect theater or
TV versions of a scene.
- No more spending that extra half hour after wrap copying your notes
for fear that production or PAs might lose them, no more notes jammed in
the copier, or that infinite process of note removal, collation,
copying, reordering then putting them back in the binder. Wrap it all
up in a file and save it to disk, print, e-mail or fax it directly from
- Cut note taking time in half - shot coverage lines can be created so
quickly and cleanly that it frees up more time to confer with your
director and DP.
- Anyone with a regular Mac or Windows running computer can view and
print your lined script, logs and breakdowns without having to have
Continuity installed on their computer. It doesn't matter if you
have a Mac and production has a PC or vice-versa, the notes can be
viewed on either computer platform no matter which platform originally
created the script.
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