Film Flow Chart

For Class #1, 5 and 6

 Instructor: Norman Hollyn T.A.: Beth Moody
 Office: 310-821-2792 Phone: 323-472-1164

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The charts in my textbook list four flows of footage from set to screen. There is one that I wanted to add since it may apply even more directly to you. In this chart, the editing process is described when no film is ever physcially handled during the editing and re-editing process. Instead of screenings on film, previews and internal screenings are usually handled with a digital output to Beta or Digibeta tape. Some screening rooms have what is called line doublers, which increase the apparent picture quality. A few rooms, notably the main Warner Brothers room, are equipped to do changeovers as well. If no changeovers are possible, then there is usually a break of between 30 seconds and two minutes in the middle of the movie, since tape stock generally comes in 60 minute loads.

I've turned the chart on its side to make it easier to print out.

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Last Modified - September 30, 2008