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Shooting a film: What happens in one day?

We now move onto the next phase of Production.
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So our next process is the shooting process. The shooting process is geared very much working to what we call the call sheet. The call sheet is the daily information taken from the schedule that we prepared during production. And we work to a call sheet given out on the day before on the information for what we require each day that we shoot. What about the day? The days often start very early, if we’re shooting days, or start late, if we’re shooting night. Now, shooting days can be 10 hours, 11 hours, 12 hours, or 14 hours. They can be location close to London. They can be location in the Sahara desert. They can be studio. They can be all around the world.
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What is location? Location will be the set, i.e., where the actual filming is taking place. And there will be the unit base. What do we see at unit base? Unit base, we find the wardrobe trailer. We find the makeup trailer. We find the production office. The toilets. The caterers. The dining bus. And we find transport. So we have to look after artists. And one of the jobs of runner can, indeed, be looking after the artists, making sure they’re watered, they’re fed, they have everything they need, and they get to set on time. On the location itself, we’ll find all the equipment trucks. There’ll be a camera truck, a lighting truck, a grip truck, props truck.
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All the elements to support all the technical requirements and the artistic requirements on the set. Now, at the end of each day, we have something called a progress report. The progress report is a document that dictates to us or tells us what we have achieved in the day. Cost of extras. The cost of catering. The cost of additional equipment. So we’ve finished filming. What do we do? We need to wrap or strike. Strike a set means taking all the equipment down and all the elements of the set away. We need to load the trucks up and put all the equipment back in the trucks, take it back to unit base or on to the next location.
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We also need to get the rushes away. The rushes are the information that has been contained within the camera for that day. And there will be a rushes runner who will take that equipment to the editing suite. The one thing you can be sure of, they’ll be long days. And they’ll be very tiring days. And for the runners, they’ll probably be the longest of all the days.
Once Pre-Production has completed, a filming schedule will be produced. This schedule is crucial as it forms the basis of the Call Sheet. The Call Sheet is provided the night before every shoot and contains all the information as to what will be undertaken the following day.
In this video Line Producer, Paul Sarony highlights the daily tasks undertaken on a film set, the use of the Unit Base, the types of departments you expect to find and the types of roles a Runner may undertake.
Check out the Downloads section below for a sample Call Sheet and sample Progress Report.
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Film Production: Behind the Scenes of Feature Filmmaking

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