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Continuity Supervisor : MEDIA MANUALS - Avril Rowlands

Continuity Supervisor


Paperback Published: 5th June 2000
ISBN: 9780240516134
Number Of Pages: 204

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The Continuity Supervisor is a practical guide to the basics of continuity, designed to be of use both to the newcomer and those more experienced. Formerly titled 'The Continuity Handbook: a guide for single-camera shooting, this new edition covers the latest technological changes which affect the Continuity Supervisor.

Avril Rowlands worked at the BBC for any years as a PA. She has been involved in specialised training for the television industry and major film and television colleges. Her highly acclaimed residential courses attract students from major television companies worldwide. She is also a writer and independent television producer.
Benefit from the inside knowledge and expertise of an highly acclaimed teacher and independent producer
Up date yourself on the latest developments in post-production
Discover the various way to lay out a film script

Industry Reviews

Review of previous edition: 'As production techniques become more sophisticated, maintaining continuity becomes a greater challenge. Books like this one can help. Most independent videomakers will find The Continuity Handbook very helpful. The book is both concise and detailed in its coverage of the single-camera production process, making it a good resource for both the newcomer and the intermediate videomaker' US Videomaker magazine

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. x
Introductionp. 1
Out of Sequence Shooting: 1p. 4
Scenes in story order
Out of Sequence Shooting: 2p. 6
Shooting in story order
Shooting plan
Number of days
Position of locations
Location availability
Actor's availability
Shots in Scenes Out of Orderp. 8
To save time
The Work of Continuityp. 10
Back to the original story
Setting up: Generalp. 12
Scripted or unscripted
The Production Team: 1p. 14
Involved in setting up
The Production Team: 2p. 16
Involved on set
The Crewp. 18
Camera crew
Sound crew
Costume and make-up
The Script: 1p. 20
New scene, new page
The Script: 2p. 22
Body of script
Size of script
Scene Breakdownp. 24
Timing the Scriptp. 26
Time chart
Booking Facilitiesp. 28
Artists and How to Book themp. 30
Names and addresses
Scripts and schedules
Hours of work
Supporting Artistsp. 32
Definition of a supporting artist
Definition of a walk-on
Where to obtain supporting artists and walk-ons
Don't get carried away!
Children and Animals: 1p. 34
Where to find children
Children and Animals: 2p. 36
Chaperones and tutors
Locations: 1p. 38
How to find your location
Locations: 2p. 40
Accommodationp. 42
Finding what is available
Finding the hotels
Making the booking
Your own booking
Travelp. 44
Overseas shooting
Travel in this country
Car parking
Food (or to Location Cater or Not ...)p. 46
Other types of catering
Other meal breaks
If you are far from civilisation
Insurancep. 48
Costume and Make-upp. 50
Props and Designp. 52
Action props
Shooting Schedule: 1p. 54
Cover page
Cast list
Location and contacts
Shooting Schedule: 2p. 56
A day to a page
A week to a page
Shooting order
Shooting Schedule: 3p. 58
Artists' information pack
Travel information
Daily call sheets
Documentary-Type Productionsp. 60
Learning about new things
'Find Out All You can About ...'p. 62
The subject
Other bodies for research
What to Take on Locationp. 64
Scripts, schedules, call sheets, artists' information packs etc.
Anything to do with the production
Stationery and forms
Specifically for continuity
... and Don't Forget the Boots ...p. 66
Warm or tropical countries
Cold countries
Specialised Observationp. 68
Accurate observation
Training in observation
Continuity: a Team Effort?p. 70
Your Role Within the Unitp. 72
Avoid being sidetracked
Continuity is your responsibility
Making Mistakesp. 74
What to do over a mistake
Be positive
Knowledge of the Scriptp. 76
Marking up script
Keep up to date
Script interleaved with notes
Coverage Plannedp. 78
Important junctions
Circulated shot lists
Shooting script
How to Keep Informedp. 80
Look at the shot itself
Stick by the director
Master shot then cutaways
Position of the zoom handle
Keep close behind the camera
Look through the viewfinder
Always ask
How to Describe Shotsp. 82
Other Terms Usedp. 84
Camera movements
Abbreviations relating to action
Abbreviations relating to sound
Other Terms in General Usep. 86
C/A (Cutaway)
Under or over-cranking
Process shots
Know What to Observe: 1p. 88
Close shots
Mid shots
Wide shots
Very long shots
Know What to Observe: 2p. 90
Intimate situations
A lot happening in a shot
Prioritiesp. 92
Largest moving object
The main characters
The person speaking
Bright colours
Shots travel in and up
Propsp. 94
Dressing props
Action props
Resetting props
Costumep. 96
Advance planning
Take a Polaroid
Write it down
Continuity of Actionp. 98
Continuity of Action and Dialoguep. 100
Drama Situationsp. 102
Crossing the Linep. 104
Single shots
Shots that cut directly onto each other
Screen Directionp. 106
Changing direction
Drawings and Diagramsp. 108
Polaroid cameras
Rehearsals and Actorsp. 110
Problems with actors
The difficult actor
The Complete Scenep. 112
Fred and Mabel: Coverage Plannedp. 114
Wide Angle: Fred and Mabel: Scene 1p. 116
Wide Angle: Fred and Mabel: Scene 2p. 118
Remaining Coverage: Fred and Mabel: Scene 1p. 120
Remaining Coverage: Fred and Mabel: Scene 2p. 122
Fred and Mabel: Edited Sequencep. 124
Direct and Indirect Continuityp. 126
Direct continuity
Indirect continuity
Matching Continuityp. 128
If an actor gets it wrong
If the director won't listen
Which 'take' do you match for continuity?
Shooting on Videotapep. 130
Working on Documentary-Type Productions: 1p. 132
You will always know something
Shot description
Names and addresses
Working on Documentary-Type Productions: 2p. 134
Basic continuity
Public relations
Writing it Downp. 136
Scripted and unscripted
How to organise the paperwork
The system I use
When You Make Notesp. 138
Write what you can when you can
Pens or pencils?
Continuity Report Sheet: Generalp. 140
Production details
Continuity Report Sheet: Logging the Shotsp. 142
Consecutive number slating
Scene number slating
Slating according to director's shooting script
The take
The pick-up shot
Continuity Report Sheet: Technicalp. 144
Roll numbers
Interior or exterior
Sound details
Shooting on film
Shooting on videotape
Continuity Report Sheet: Camera Informationp. 146
Continuity Report Sheet: Continuityp. 148
Shot description
Continuity notes
Continuity Report Sheet: Details of Shootingp. 150
E/B or T/Code
False starts
Writing on the Scriptp. 152
Dialogue changes
Other Paperworkp. 154
Daily continuity log
Daily progress report
Timing on Locationp. 156
Timing a rehearsal
Adding together the duration of the shots
Information for the Editorp. 158
Typed-up continuity report sheets
Continuity cards
Coverage/Tramline Scriptsp. 160
Shot Listingp. 162
Slate number or 'in' and, if possible, 'out' point of timecode
Shot description
The Realities of it Allp. 164
Post Productionp. 166
Principles of editing
Editing the Picture: 1p. 168
The film cutting room
Videotape editing
Non-linear editing
Editing the Picture: 2p. 170
Off-line editing
PAs take note!
On-line editing
Editing the Picture: 3p. 172
Non-linear on-line editing
Linear on-line editing
Editing the Soundp. 174
What does a PA do?
Working in Widescreenp. 176
Copyright: 1p. 178
Simple copyright
Multiple copyright
Copyright: 2p. 180
Artistic works
Literary works
Take care
Post Production Scriptp. 182
Use of the script
What the script contains
Library film
Film and Videotape Formats: 1p. 184
Analogue formats
Film and Videotape Formats: 2p. 186
Digital formats
Analogue and digital
Component and composite
Film Running Timesp. 188
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ISBN: 9780240516134
ISBN-10: 0240516133
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 5th June 2000
Publisher: FOCAL PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 4
Edition Type: New edition

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