You might be pretty familiar with the filmmaking process, but there’s a chance you still might be asking yourself, “What is a shooting schedule?” That’s okay. Unless you’re on the production side of things, you may have never encountered this term. Today, Brent from Sharegrid is going to answer “what is a shooting schedule” and go through some helpful tips for when you have to make your own. Let’s check it out!

How to Make a Shooting Schedule


What is a shooting schedule?

A shooting schedule is a plan that every film, TV show, and commercial follows to make sure the production goes smoothly. It's a simple breakdown of the scenes, talent, time, cast, company moves, and day breaks. 

If a finalized project is buried treasure, this is the map to get you there. 

Most productions use a stripboard schedule, where each scene is assigned a separate "strip" that can be moved and scheduled as needed. Learn more on how to make a shooting schedule

The Director, Cinematographer certainly have input into the creation of a shooting schedule. But it is the 1st Assistant Director who is responsible for assembling it.

They can also help one another with the intangibles of each scene. 

Each person brings their previous experience to the table, and they help define what is a shooting schedule for this project. 

As you saw in the video above, writer/director Arnon Shorr walked us through the "how" and the "why" related to scheduling with a stripboard.

Here's an up-to-date tutorial series on the latest version of StudioBinder's shooting schedule software.

Building a Shooting Schedule

How to make a new shooting schedule

Thanks to today's technology, making a schedule is a cinch. In the following guide, we'll walk through every single step of how to make a shooting schedule in StudioBinder.

1. Import or Sync Your Script

The first step when creating a schedule is to import your script. StudioBinder is compatible with all major screenwriting program files. Of course, if you've written your script with StudioBinder's screenwriting software, all you need to do is "sync" it to the project.

Creating a schedule

2. Reorder Your Stripboard

With your script imported and synced, all your scenes will generate their own strip on the stripboard. Now, it's up to you to reorder those strips to create the most efficient schedule.

Organize and strategize your schedule

3. Customize Your Layout

With your stripboard in the right order, you can now choose the best layout of the information. This means you can enable (show) or disable (hide) various columns on your schedule for a more or less detailed view. 

Customize your layout

4. How to Make Schedule Variations

Any 1st AD putting these schedules together will tell you that having a Plan B (or C, D, and E) is a must. In this step, learn how to create variations on your schedule.

Make variations for all possibilities

5. Generate a Call Sheet from Your Schedule

When the time comes to generate a call sheet for a day's shooting, you can do so directly from the stripboard. In this video, find out how easy it is.

Run a call sheet for the next day's shoot

6. Make a Stripboard PDF

You can always send a "share only" link or invite collaborators to your project but sometimes a PDF is what's needed. Here's a breakdown of how to make a PDF of your schedule.

Create and share a PDF version

7. How to Sync New Script Revisions

Script changes are inevitable but that doesn't mean you need to start over with your schedule. Watch how to quickly import the new script and add make any changes to your stripboard.

How to import and sync script changes

8. How to View and Download Schedule Reports

With the schedule complete, you can run a variety of reports. The schedule itself, of course, but you can choose many options for other reports based on shooting day, location, characters, etc.

Viewing and downloading schedule reports


Build your own shooting schedule now

Now that you know what a shooting schedule is and how to make one, it's time to get started. With this post as a guide, create a schedule for your next project and see how valuable they truly are.

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