Some exciting work is cropping up around the web only days after the introduction of the iPad. The work ponders a not-too-distant future wherein the iPad has comfortably installed itself deeply into the fabric of our everyday lives.
One of the basic and easy leaps to make is to situations where the iPad could eliminate the use of paper. Remember the paperless office? The iPad may help us get there – not only because it’s a great, thin, light, screen – but because of its portability, and persistently connected and interconnected nature.
As a film producer I can tell you that everyone in my industry reads tons, and I mean tons of scripts. Companies and agencies have done semi-green things like printing on both sides of a page, printing two pages per side, etc. These measures reduce the paper-page count of a script from 100 or so to 50 to 25. Certainly a step in the right direction.
But when you consider that there are thousands of people in the industry, many reading 10, 20 or more scripts in a week, you get a sense of the massive amount of paper consumption caused just by this fairly niche-y activity. Of course most of that paper gets recycled. But wouldn’t it be nice not to have to do all that in the first place?
I’ve long since begun reading scripts on my Kindle2 pretty much exclusively. I only print a script if, after reading it on my K2, it’s a project I want to work on, make notations on, etc. I’ve even made appeals to the major agencies to take a bold step and give a K2 (or DX, better suited to scripts) to each employee and client. These appeals have fallen on deaf ears.
I think the iPad can and will change this in time. Imagine an app wherein you could easily append a script with the “coverage” (sort of like a book report on a script) written by an agency reader; that could also allow for employees and clients to make additional notes, share them broadly or selectively, etc. You begin to get a sense for just how much more powerful an experience this could be, to say nothing of the benefits of paper saving.
Some wonderful forward-looking thoughts focusing on a very different corner of the world have been put together by Tim Chaten here:
On his blog and related podcast, Chaten, along with Dr. Tim Brimmer, ponder the use of the iPad in music eduction, and at greater depth and insight than I have for scripts 🙂
Most exciting to me is how quickly the iPad has really sparked people to think about the future; a future wherein the iPad is basically ubiquitous, and has become such a part of our daily lives that it basically disappears into the background and unleashes a world of talent, productivity, and excitement.
I for one can’t wait!