Creating A Day out of Days Report – Free Template

When I first heard about a Day Out Of Days report (abbreviated as DOOD), I was quite confused.  It was my first feature film. In the Production Office one day,  the sound guy approached me and asked, “hey, have you … Continue Reading

How to create professional Production Reports for video productions

Daily Production Reports Explained (Free Template)

“Production Reports.” Some people groan when they hear those words. Others do a dance of excitement. But let’s face it… most groan.  Production reports are notorious for being tedious to create. This frustration is compounded by the fact that after … Continue Reading

Creating Professional Call Sheets (Free Excel Template Download)

When I first started in the film industry as a 2nd Assistant Director (2nd AD), I was overwhelmed by the complexity of the process: call sheets, production reports, timelogs, travel movements.  The amount of paperwork was staggering, and knowing what … Continue Reading

Day Out of Days Cheat Sheet – Work Status Codes

It’s no secret that film terminology can be a bit tricky to get the hang of; there are a lot of abbreviations used in this industry. One such instance is Day Out of Day work status codes. The Day Out … Continue Reading

Script & Schedule Revision Colors – Film Industry Standards

Think of the last time you ran on a track. (Yes… like a regular running track like the ones you had in high school.) Did you run around the circular track endlessly until you felt tired and decided to stop … Continue Reading

7 Keys of Pre-Production

I adore the pre-production stage of the filmmaking process! It is such an exciting time when the whole team is fully committed to a project. It is a time to utilize all of your creative skills, unfettered by financial and … Continue Reading

Budget Line Items

We all know that money doesn’t grow on trees, but a good budget can make the money you do have go a lot further. There is an infinite number of little things you’ll spend money on while making your film, … Continue Reading

What’s in a Script Breakdown?

Your script breakdown should record anything that is mentioned in the script. Don’t just hand write these details, document them in a database or an excel spreadsheet – You’ll utilize this information through out production to create your budget, story … Continue Reading

Call Sheets To The Rescue – 5 Tips for Saving Your Film Set

We’re all looking for a hero. This is especially true on a film set where all too often, chaos reigns. But not every superhero jumps around in spandex and underwear. Indeed, one hero carries a more unsuspecting symbol of hope. … Continue Reading

Why Call Sheets?

When it comes to call sheets, I’m a believer. Truth be told, this probably makes me a little OCD. After all, the detail and organization of a well made call sheet goes way beyond what most people would consider necessary. … Continue Reading