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What is a Shooting Script?

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A shooting script is the version of the screenplay used during the production phase of filmmaking. It contains detailed technical information about the filmed scenes, including scene numbers, and revision pages.

The shooting script is created during pre-production after a project has been green-lit for production. At that point, scene numbers are generated and any new revisions will have to be added to the script via a strict revision procedure.

This is done so that departments can communicate internally and externally referencing scenes via a simple scene number (that never changes) rather than by a random description or page number(s). It also allows revisions to be inserted into a script without the need to re-print the entire script each time.