CONTINUITY LISTS

What it is …
There are several types of Continuity Lists which offer various levels of detail.

  • A Combined Continuity List is a list that contains cut-by-cut description of all camera shots, movement of camera and actors within the shot, and dialogue spoken within the shot.
  • A Spotting List is a list that contains the actual subtitles, in and out times and calculated duration.
  • A Combined Dialogue and Spotting List (CDSL) is a list that combines a Dialogue List and a Spotting List.  The Dialogue List is a verbatim record of all spoken dialogue.  It is positioned next to the Spotting List which provides the actual subtitle, in and out times and calculated duration.  Scene Changes/Slug lines are also included.
  • A Combined Continuity and Spotting List (CCSL) is a list that combines the Combined Continuity List and Spotting List.  It provides a cut-by-cut description of all camera shots, including the movement of camera and actors within shot, dialogue spoken within the shot, subtitle, in and out times and calculated duration.

What it’s used for…
Continuity Lists are primarily used as a delivery requirement between production companies and studios.  They serve as a legal description of the film/television project for copyright purposes.  They are also used as a “blueprint” for dubbing, subtitling and closed-captioning work.

Types of Continuity Lists

Combined Continuity List   

  • Table Format
  • Cut-by-cut description of Camera Shots/movement within shot
    • Time Codes to the Second
  • Scene Headings/Slug Lines
  • Scene Numbering
  • Character Name/Dialogue
    • Indication of VO, OS, and ON/OS
    • Indication of Overlapping Dialogue
  • Main/Narrative Titles
  • Music Cues
  • Sound Effects
  • Complete List of Credits
  • (Annotations are an optional additional service)

Spotting List   

  • Table Format
  • Character Name and Dialogue/Subtitle
    • Who’s speaking to who
    • In and Out Times
    • Calculated Duration
  • Main/Narrative Titles
    • In and Out Times
    • Calculated Duration
  • Title Numbering
  • Complete List of Credits
  • (Annotations are an optional additional service)
  • (Available in either a measured or non-measured format)

Combined Dialogue and Spotting List (CDSL)

  • Table Format
  • Scene Headings/Slug Lines
  • Character Name/Dialogue
    • Indication of VO, OS, and ON/OS
    • Indication of Overlapping Dialogue
  • Subtitle
    • Character Names - Who’s speaking to who
    • Indication of VO, OS, and ON/OS
    • In and Out Times
    • Calculated Duration
    • Title Numbering
  • Main/Narrative Titles
    • In and Out Times
    • Calculated Duration
  • Complete List of Credits
  • (Annotations are an optional additional service)
  • (Available in either a measured or non-measured format)

Combined Continuity and Spotting List (CCSL)

  • Table Format
  • Cut-by-cut description of Camera Shots/movement within shot
    • Time Codes to the Frame
    • Scene Numbering
  • Scene Headings/Slug Lines
  • Character Name/Dialogue
    • Indication of VO, OS, and ON/OS
    • Indication of Overlapping Dialogue
  • Subtitle
    • Character Names - Who’s speaking to who
    • Indication of VO, OS, and ON/OS
    • In and Out Times
    • Calculated Duration
    • Title Numbering
  • Main/Narrative Titles
    • In and Out Times
    • Calculated Duration
  • Music Cues
  • Sound Effects
  • Complete List of Credits
  • (Annotations are an optional additional service)
  • (Available in either a measured or non-measured format.)