Production can be a fun and stressful time, especially if you are the one in charge of maintaining the schedule. Between checking the weather, scheduling actors and crew, and communicating with directors, it can be pretty difficult to keep your production on time. If you find yourself lagging behind in all of your shoots, here are three secrets to keeping your shoot on schedule.
1. Organize Your Shots
There are several ways you can do this, but it is important to effectively plan when and how you are going to execute a certain shot. Create a shot list that details each specific shot you need for a given scene. Storyboards can also help you keep your shots organized. Either (or both) of these options will help you keep track of where you are in the shoot, and they will also serve as a guide to make sure you don’t miss any important shots.
2. Constantly Communicate with the Crew
Make sure your gaffer isn’t having any problems with the equipment. Double check to see if wardrobe is having any issues with costumes. Talk with the prop master to make sure you have everything you need for the shoot. Your crew is the lifeblood of the production. Without them, nothing will get done. If all of their needs are met (within reason), then your production will run smoothly and will have no trouble staying on schedule.
3. Plan Lighter Workloads
This is a mistake many rookie production teams make. Each scene will often take longer than expected to complete. If you overload your schedule with multiple scenes that have various shots, you are going to run out of time quick. Instead, lighten the load and focus intently on only doing a handful of scenes. This will help lower stress, and it will make the company feel like they are moving along at a steady pace, rather than falling behind.
Bonus tip, have another scene secretly planned. If you have extra time, go ahead and start working on it. That way, the company feels like they are getting even more work done!
Scheduling a shoot isn’t always fun, but an effectively planned production will greatly enhance the process and bring everyone’s “A” game to the table. The simple secrets above will help keep your shoot on schedule, and you will be creating better content at a faster pace.