Chase and the script team for The Sopranos write, edit and re-edit a nested structure of storylines for each episode, gradually moving from story to script:
'In the writing room, Chase and the show's other writer/producers "flesh out the story for each episode, listing the 'beats,' i.e. scenes, for the A-D stories, one story at a time, on a wipe-off board. Each strand has a beginning, middle and end and could stand alone as films." [...] Once the writers are satisfied with the scene order "aka story" the taped pages are retyped and voila: an outline that the writer, whoever he is, must faithfully follow.'
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