Taking a written screenplay into physical production is a complex, multi-faceted process. However, it all starts with breaking down the script.
To do this, a producer uses script breakdown sheets to read through each scene in the script and determine what elements are needed, including actors, props, stunts and much more.
We've created this script breakdown template to help you breakdown your screenplay. Use it to write your script breakdowns in the cloud, or print out physical copies.
Click Use Template to get started with our template now, or keep reading to learn more.
How to create a script breakdown
Producing a movie starts with planning the logistical and budgeting aspects to ensure for a smooth production process. To do this, a producer needs to create scene breakdowns.
To break down a script, you must read through each scene and write down which elements will be needed to shoot the scene. Write down the scene numbers at the top of the breakdown sheet template, and then use the list of elements within the template to identify needs, such as props, stunts, special effects and more.
Once the script breakdown sheets are created, they can be shared with the producing team and department heads to create call sheets, and begin the pre-production process.
Breakdown sheets also assist in building out the shooting schedule in scheduling software such as Assemble.
With our free script breakdown template, you can speed up the data entry process by collaborating with your team in the cloud.
Our Script Breakdown Template: What's Included
This fully customizable script breakdown template was created to help you quickly break down a script and share each scene breakdown with your team. The template includes:
- Scene info
- Description of the scene
- Breakdown (by category)
- Cast list
- Color coded breakdown legend
In addition, Assemble provides you with advanced tools to help you collaborate on your scene breakdowns:
- Collaborate with teammates in real time in our cloud based editor
- Use version control to quickly create scene breakdowns for each new scene
- Export as PDF and print
Create Your Scene Breakdowns with Assemble
To get started with our fully customizable scene breakdown template, just follow these easy steps below.
1. Open the Template
Open this template by clicking Use Template. The template will be created within a new blank project in Assemble.
2. Edit the Template as Needed
Click anywhere within the text to begin adding to or editing the template.
3. Share the Document
Click Share and select Share Document to easily distribute the document to your entire team with one click.
4. Save the Updated Template for Future Projects
Next, click the menu in the top right and select Save as Template to save it into your your personal template library.
Producing a Film with Assemble
Assemble enables producers to create a centralized hub to manage their entire project from start to finish - including documents, calendars, task management and asset management.
By using this scene breakdown template, you'll get access to all of Assemble's powerful features. Assemble helps you keep production moving quickly and efficiently with our advanced collaboration tools built for producers.
Get started for free by clicking Use Template to begin exploring all of Assemble's features today.