The shoot day on a film production is often simply referred to as "the day." When doing film scheduling, how long should a shoot day be? While that varies from movie to movie, it's important to keep shoot days brief enough to avoid taxing the cast and crew so that they can drive to and from set safely, and work safely while on set.
- We've already talked a little bit about this,…but I wanted to talk specifically about how long…the day should be.…By the way, the shoot day is usually…just referred to as "the day."…So you might say, for example,…let's rehearse this now without props,…but on "the day" you'll have props.…So how long should you make the day?…The bottom line is that I don't have…a specific number for you.…The standard workday in most places is, of course,…about eight hours, not including meals.…But for non-union, low-budget film sets,…it's very common to go longer.…We certainly did on the second day…of production on the Assurance.…
But it's important to not do that lightly…or frequently.…Because I knew we were going to need a long day…because of the night shoot,…I scheduled that in the middle of our main…three-day production schedule.…Then I made the day before…and the day after…much lighter and easier,…so that the longer day was easier to deal with.…Cast and crew could come into it rested…and leave the production on the last day…early enough to recuperate from it.…
Find the rest of the courses in the series—on everything from script writing to directing—on Chad's author page.
- Understanding the role of different crew members
- Sending out call sheets
- Using a slate
- Keeping continuity with a script supervisor and production photographer
- Keeping the crew fed, happy, and safe
- Rescheduling shoots
- Dealing with wardrobe for a large cast
- Using special effects makeup
Skill Level Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 05 Directingwith Chad Perkins2h 27m Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Productionwith Chad Perkins2h 13m Intermediate
Video Foundations: Cameras and Shootingwith Anthony Q. Artis2h 58m Intermediate
"The Assurance"7m 43s
1. Common Crew Members
2. Film Production Basics
4. Keeping the Crew Happy
5. Our Big Resets
6. Working with Props
7. Preparing to Shoot
8. Special Effects Makeup
Final thoughts1m 33s
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