May 13, 2018

Shots, Takes, and Pages: The Art of Scheduling a Film Shoot

There is a lot of footage to shoot and not enough time to shoot it in. That’s why scheduling is so important.

Film shoots can get messy. There are so many people, pieces of gear, and moving parts to keep track of and that only gets more complicated and confusing the bigger the production is. That is why scheduling takes such a huge priority in filmmaking and to help you understand a bit more about how to go about organizing your shoot, Rubidium Wu of Crimson Engine has laid out several key concepts and methods professional filmmakers use to get their productions under control. Check out his video below:

There are many, many things to consider when scheduling a film, from location availability to call times, but Wu zeros in on one area in particular that will not only help you know how long principal photography will take (and potentially cost) but also help you stay on track once production has begun.

He essentially breaks down how to “measure” and keep track of your shoot using different units of measurement: shots, setups, and pages.

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Source: NoFilmSchool