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FEATURES INCLUDE: 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 page.
  • A shot description can be entered next to a scene number, or left blank.
  • 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.
SHOT LOGGING

Templates Include:
  • Description Pages (American Style)
  • Slate Reports (European Style)
    • A form complete with places to fill in extensive camera info.
  • 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 miscalculations.
  • 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.
If preferred, use your own forms:
  • Log shots throughout the day in any program you choose like Excel or Word then import the completed forms into Continuity.
    • The import is seamless and works with any program, no matter how obscure.
    • Imported forms will look exactly as created, preserving the fonts, lines, and complete formatting of the form.
CONTINUITY NOTES
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.
15 BREAKDOWNS

The script's scene headings need to be formatted in a standard way so that the breakdowns can be accurately created. For example:

88    INT. WINKY'S CAR -
DAY

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:
  • 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 place.
  • Character
    • Lists every scene a character plays in.
  • Character List with Sets
    • Lists every set location and scene number a character plays in.
  • 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.
  • Sets
    • 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.
  • Vehicles
    • 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.
  • Props
    • 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.
  • Effects
    • 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 production.
  • 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 breakdowns above.
Other Notes About the Breakdowns
  • 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 half-circle.
  • 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.
VIEW AND SAVE
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 right.

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.

DIGITAL CAMERA PHOTOS

  • 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:
    1. Paste the pictures anywhere on your script page or continuity note pages.
    2. 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.)
AUDIO NOTES

  • 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 speaker.
    • 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.
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.
SCREEN DIRECTION 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 additional notes.
  • Sketch can be placed anywhere on the script, notes or logs.
Other notes about sketches:
  • 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.
SCRIPT NOTE DISTRIBUTION
TO EDITORS AND PRODUCTION


Print
  • 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 script.
Fax
  • 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.
E-Mail
  • 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.
Burn to Disk
BOOKMARKING

  • 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.
DIALOGUE NUMBERING
  • Number lines of actor dialogue as you like with small numbers placed anywhere you choose.
SCRIPT SUPERVISING
FOR COMMERCIALS


  • 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.
OTHER ADVANTAGES

  • Every script handed in, or portion thereof, is a high-quality original.
  • 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 works nicely.)
  • Use the 'find' command to locate any word or phrase in the script.
  • 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 your computer.
  • 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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Lined Script Notes
Example
LINED SCRIPT PAGES

Script Shot Logging
SHOT
LOGGING

Script Supervisor Forms & Reports
TEMPLATES

Continuity Notes
CONTINUITY
NOTES

15 Breakdowns
15 BREAKDOWNS

Script Flow - Tagging
TAG FLOW

16 Script Tag Categories
16 TAG
CATEGORIES

Playback on the Script
PLAYBACK ON
THE SCRIPT

Audio Script Notes
AUDIO
SCRIPT NOTES

Screen Directin
Sketches
SCREEN
DIRECTION
SKETCHES

Script Bookmarking
BOOKMARKING

Dialogue Numbering
DIALOGUE
NUMBERING



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