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    Default OPEN CLOSE on a book

    Hi, i'm reading the screenplay of the film "Three days of the condor"; the screnplays opens with these words
    "OPEN CLOSE on a book..."
    What's the meaning of the words open close, written in capital letters? Does it refer to a type of framing?
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    Default Re: OPEN CLOSE on a book

    Just a guess:

    'Begin by showing a close-up of a book.'

    Rover

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    Default Re: OPEN CLOSE on a book

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Just a guess:

    'Begin by showing a close-up of a book.'

    Rover
    I agree.

    OPEN = Make the opening shot ...
    CLOSE = a close-up
    on a book = of a book

    In filmography, you say "Now a close-up on the face please", meaning "Now focus in very closely on the face".

    There is an alternative which I have just thought of. Perhaps the first shot is simply a book. It is on screen on its own for a few seconds and then it disappears before something else happens. So the shot opens and then it closes, so "OPEN CLOSE" could mean "Open and then close". The only thing shown in between is a book. I still prefer the first idea though.

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