Universal City, CA: Universal Pictures, 1971. Cinescript (and Final Script) for the 1971 film, "The Andromeda Strain," directed by Robert Wise, adapted for the screen by Nelson Gidding, and starring Arthur Hill. Based on the novel by Michael Crichton, who shot to international stardom on the heels of the film's success.
In the unusual "preface" found in this screenplay, Robert Wise describes the "cinescript" as follows: "...an amplified screenplay, which uses the written page in a cinematic form to convey the total 'look' of a film. This method, incorporating illustrations, diagrams, 'schema' technique, computerized animations, multi-screen effects, and printouts, was suggested by the unique style of Crichton's novel, and retains it in translation to the screen. In a complex film, the advantage of a cinescript over the established screenplay format is a closer approximation for the reader of what will be seen on the screen." This technique continues into the script's appendix, with a map, facsimile documents, and scanner readouts, along with a chronology of events, notes regarding costumes, etc.
Red studio wrappers and stamped "A Robert Wise Production" on the front wrapper. Holograph notation of crew member Eddie Keys' name at the top left corner. Title page present, with screenwriter and novelist credits for Gidding and Crichton, respectively. 173 pages, with blue revision pages throughout, dated variously between 1/22/1970 and 3/6/1970, followed by the unusual addition of the fifteen-page Appendix, with yellow pages, numbered I through XV. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good with a small dampstain at one corner and some wear to the yapped fore-edges, bound with two gold brads. Laid in is a call sheet for the 72nd day of shooting (May 15, 1970). A deluxe and uniquely-designed script for one of the most influential and enduring science fiction films of the 1970s.