The Andromeda Strain

Universal City, CA: Universal Pictures, 1969. Estimating script for the 1971 film.

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.

Green titled wrappers, noted as Estimating Draft on the front wrapper, copy No. 83. Title page present, dated September 5, 1969, noted as Estimating Draft, with credits for screenwriter Gidding and for writer Crichton. 178 leaves, mimeograph duplication. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Near Fine, bound with three gold brads.

Newman, 96, 104. Vogel, Film as a Subversive Art.


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