In films and TV Series, the creation and delivery of a high-quality As-Broadcast script is a large part of the post-production transcription process.
As-Broadcast Scripts are an essential element in the post-production process. These scripts are written to match the final edited and broadcasted version of a TV or radio program. It represents the final version of the program that will be aired or distributed to the audience. This script is a detailed document that outlines the exact dialogue, actions, and auditory(for radio programs) and visual(for TV programs) elements that will be included in the final product.
Moreover, As-Broadcast Scripts include the following details: Action Lines, Scene Headings/Slug Lines, Act Breaks, Verbatim Dialogue, and On Screen Texts.
Purpose of As-Broadcast Scripts
In film production, as-broadcast scripts are used to ensure that the final product matches the edited version of the movie. A live television program requires an as-broadcast script to ensure that the final product matches the live broadcast. In radio production, as-broadcast scripts are used to ensure that the final product matches the edited version of the program.
Translation, Subtitling, and Closed Captioning
It is important to make media accessible to a wider audience as the international market can generate more sales than the domestic market. As-Broadcast Scripts are particularly useful in creating subtitles and closed captions for different languages and making the media access to a wider audience. These scripts are used as a reference for creating accurate and in-sync subtitles, closed captions, and translations that match the dialogue, actions, and visual elements of the final product.
Combined Continuity and Spotting List
As-Broadcast Scripts are also a requirement in making a CCSL(Combined Continuity and Spotting List). A CCSL contains a full account of the scene numbers, short descriptions, dialogue, speakers, timecodes, scene headlines, scene descriptions, music cues, on-screen texts, etc. It contains all the elements of the film or TV Series in written form. An accurate As-Broadcast Script is essential in creating a CCSL to ensure the coherence of all the elements of the film or TV series.
Given the importance of As-Broadcast Scripts in the legal and regulatory aspects of post-production, it is essential for filmmakers and TV producers to ensure that they are of high quality. This includes ensuring that the scripts are accurate, complete, and clearly written, as well as ensuring that they are properly formatted and contain all of the necessary information.
As-broadcast scripts are a crucial aspect of post-production, as they are used to ensure that the final product adheres to legal guidelines and regulations. This includes ensuring that the content does not infringe on any copyright laws and that it complies with any other relevant laws or regulations. For media companies, As-Broadcast Scripts serve as an important tool for protecting themselves from potential legal issues.
Therefore, having a well-drafted As-broadcast script can help to demonstrate that the company has taken the necessary steps to ensure that its final product is legally compliant.