If you’ve ever stayed through the end of a movie credit roll, then you know that there are SO many pieces to the production puzzle. There are writers, directors, producers, set dressers, wardrobe designers, art directors, lighting designers, cameramen, production assistants, post-production supervisors… the list goes on.
When a new draft of a script is published, it’s disseminated throughout the ranks of production. As soon as the new script lands, department heads rush to thumb through the changes. Think about it like this:
You’re the head of the props department. In the last script revision you received, scene seven was set in a bar. You’ve shopped and planned and purchased props appropriate for this setting – bottles of alcohol, tumblers, garnishes for drinks, etc. Then, a new draft comes out, and this scene has been relocated to a beach. Scrap the waiter trays – it’s time to start shopping for Tommy Bahama chairs!
Tracking script changes is an expedient and helpful way of flagging for your production team the changes that have been made without forcing them to comb through the entire script. It’s also beneficial for you, as a writer, to easily find your changes (or make sure you’ve addressed notes!).
While tracking script changes might sound tedious, Final Draft has a built-in tool that allows you to mark changes as you rewrite! Here’s how you add revision marks to your script!
All you’ll need to do is select REVISION MODE from the PRODUCTION TAB of Final Draft!
Now, any changes you make to your script will be notated with an Asterix.
Each round of script revisions is typically denoted with a color. The first draft of your script is the WHITE DRAFT. Every revision after will typically adhere to the following color schedule (also standard in Final Draft).
2nd draft: BLUE 3rd draft: PINK 4th draft: YELLOW 5th draft: GREEN 6th: GOLDENROD 7th: BUFF 8th: SALMON 9th: CHERRY 10th: TAN
Anything after a 10th revision will start the cycle again, but this time, DOUBLE WHITE, DOUBLE BLUE, DOUBLE PINK… etc.