Executives, top script readers, and producers are among the lucky ones getting Kindles from Lions Gate's IT department, with many more employees hoping to eventually get them, said CIO Leo Collins in an interview. "We're getting heart wrenching requests almost hourly," Collins said.'
This is really interesting to me. I'll quote most of the article, as it's really quite tight and I like the way she describes it, but follow the link to the original article for things I've left out. Weier continues:
' Because of its dimensions, the Kindle is better than a laptop for viewing scripts that follow the entertainment industry's standards for typeface and page format. It's important not to deviate from those standards, since they let a studio exec read a block of dialogue and, based on line count, know how many minutes it would run on the film screen.
Executives have long been able to get scripts as .PDF attachments on their laptops, but a typical laptop's 4X3 display makes reading them cumbersome, since a whole page can't be viewed at once. More typically, assistants print out PDFs and distribute them to studio execs. It's not uncommon for a film script to run over 100 printed pages.
Now production assistants are sending .PDFs of scripts in attachments directly to registered Kindle users' email addresses that are set up through Amazon. There are fewer steps required to open an attachment on the Kindle compared with a laptop, making it as easy to read as a paper version.
Those reading scripts can also make notations about them on their Kindles. "The Kindle completely transforms the whole experience," Collins said. '
What?? I would have assumed they're using the Kindle DX but if so, no notations can be made on the PDFs currently. With Kindle 2's, one can make notations on what would be a converted file (PDF to Kindle format) but with that model, I doubt that a full page would show on the smaller 6" screen, which would be displaying a text-reflowed version with quite fewer lines.
' Not to mention the trees and money that can be saved. During weekends and holidays, it's not unusual for Lions Gate to send out paper scripts to executives' homes via couriers. "Now we're at a place where the script just shows up on their Kindles," Collins said.Below are ways to Share this post if you'd like others to see it.
Lions Gate's use of the Kindle is more of a test than a rollout, but Collins sees the potential for the device to have a bigger impact at the studio in coming months, as well as the rest of the film industry. '
-- The Send to Kindle button works well only on Firefox currently.
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