A Tale of Two Script Breakdowns: Titanic vs. Brooklyn

A script breakdown is one of the most important phases of pre-production. It’s usually the first time you start to develop a clear picture of the size, scope, and cost of a production. Breakdowns allow filmmakers to find the balance between telling the strongest story for the lowest budget. Easier said than done, but in today’s article… Continue reading A Tale of Two Script Breakdowns: Titanic vs. Brooklyn

How to Make a Call Sheet Online with StudioBinder’s Call Sheet Software

C reating call sheets is time consuming, complicated and necessary. But what if you had an easy to use call sheet template that you could apply to all your projects? What StudioBinder offers is a simple and clear way to create, send and track a call sheet template online. In this post, I’m going to show… Continue reading How to Make a Call Sheet Online with StudioBinder’s Call Sheet Software

Walkie Talkie Lingo Everyone On-Set Should Know

W hat’s your 20? What does 10-4 mean? Bogey. A walkie-talkie is a powerful tool on a film set. But it’s nothing unless you know the walkie-talkie lingo. Luckily, mastering film set walkie talkie lingo isn’t as hard as finding your film crew. We’ve compiled the most-used walkie talkie codes and radio etiquette tips to have you… Continue reading Walkie Talkie Lingo Everyone On-Set Should Know

Customer Success: How Diana Fisk Streamlined the Call Sheet Process

L ogistics. Your average filmmaker’s worst nightmare. A good film producer, however, knows that the better organized a shoot is, the better the outcome for everyone involved. Historically this has included number different documents, over numerous different programs. For me personally, it involved spreadsheets, running sheets and never-ending ‘to do’ lists. However, with the emergence of all things… Continue reading Customer Success: How Diana Fisk Streamlined the Call Sheet Process

Working With Celebrity Talent: How I Learned To Respect the Kardashians

Working with talent used to fill me with dread.  Celebrity talent was even worse. Dealing with handlers, agents, lawyers and even personal assistants can try any producer’s patience. But it’s part of the business. If you want to make movies you have to learn to work with demanding celebrities.Continue reading Working With Celebrity Talent: How… Continue reading Working With Celebrity Talent: How I Learned To Respect the Kardashians

The Daily Production Report Explained (with FREE production report template)

Abbreviated DPR or just PR, the daily production report might be the most important documents a producer looks at every day. From video agencies to indie productions, having a up-to-date DPR is necessary for assessing progress, catching inefficiencies, and tracking each production daily expense. In our post, we cover the process with our free production report template… Continue reading The Daily Production Report Explained (with FREE production report template)

13 Steps Towards Green Film Production We Can All Take

Filmmaking by its very nature is very counteractive toward sustainability. Sets and props are temporarily built, special effects cause chaos, and don’t get us started on plastic water bottles. But green film production is not a myth. Being sustainable with your productions may seem like a daunting task, but with the right steps, it’s very… Continue reading 13 Steps Towards Green Film Production We Can All Take

What Does a Production Designer Do? A Crash Course with Examples

Making a visually stunning film is no easy feat. The goal of a production designer is to immerse you in the world they have created. That’s the magic of production design, creating the world you see and making you believe the unbelievable. But what does a production designer do exactly? Creating the worlds that leave us… Continue reading What Does a Production Designer Do? A Crash Course with Examples

11 Ways to Become a Better Producer or Director on Set

Successfully running a film set requires very specific leadership skills. Vince Duque, 1st Assistant Director to projects like “House” and “Battle Creek” shares 11 Leadership Principles he learned in the US Marine Corp at West Point, and how they can be repurposed as core filmmaking tips for directors and line producers to become more effective… Continue reading 11 Ways to Become a Better Producer or Director on Set