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Re: ARTICLE: Stage Managers using a paperless process
« Reply #30 on: Jun 13, 2013, 01:33 am »
Hi Guys,

This is all fascinating and so helpful to red about! Thanks guys!

My company is looking to go completely paperless with our scripts. We are thinking about using Kindles.

Any suggestions for what formats to put the scripts in? How can we edit them on a Kindle? How should we distribute them electronically?

Thanks everyone!!!
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If you use PDF to be read on the kindle you can edit the PDF and re distribute.

But wait until someone drops a kindle.  How do you take blocking on a kindle?  How do you take notes on a kindle?  What happens when someone's battery dies?  Does he do the blocking tethered to the USB cord?  What happens when they loose a kindle?

I also think the cost might be prohibitive . . . and if this is an effort to go green, are you weighing the costs of producing the kindle, the energy used, etc . . . versus the paper copy, which can be recycled.
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Re: ARTICLE: Stage Managers using a paperless process
« Reply #31 on: Jul 13, 2013, 02:53 am »
This past semester I was working on a show as ASM, and my Stage Manager insisted on going paperless for the whole show. It worked for the rehearsal process quite nicely. However, I've never fully trusted electronics even though I'm still in college. And I was right not to. One day in tech week, we were doing a run through, and somehow the stage manager lost all of the cues for the 2nd half of the 1st act and the 2nd act. Luckily, he had a backup paper prompt book. But still. What if that happened during a show? I don't know if I can trust the paperless process.

 

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