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Intro to Scheduling

A shooting schedule is an outline of which scenes will be shot on every shooting day of a production. Schedules include granular details like prep and shoot times, lunch, travel time for company moves, load in/load out, and more. In this course, we'll be diving into the process of scheduling scenes using StudioBinder's stripboard interface.

Lesson 1 — How to Import or Sync a Screenplay

In this video, we cover the step-by-step process of scheduling a production — and it all begins with importing or syncing a screenplay.

Lesson 2 — Reorder Scenes and Add Day Breaks

In this lesson, we’ll continue with how to plan a shooting schedule by reordering your scenes, and adding day breaks or banners.

Lesson 3 — Customize the Stripboard Layout

Now that you're familiar with the basics of building a schedule, we explore how to tailor the level of detail on the stripboard. You can opt to make a robust, detail-rich schedule, or a light-weight streamlined schedule. The choice is yours.

Lesson 4 — How to Make Variations of a Shooting Schedule

In this lesson, we will continue with the steps needed to make variations of your shooting schedule. Specifically, how to duplicate your shooting schedule and make variations of them. Creating variations of a shooting schedule is a great way to create have a plan B in case conditions change. It also provides a way to save drafts as you go, just in case you want to revisit previous variations.

Lesson 5 — How to Create Call Sheets from the Stripboard

Once you’ve done all the hard work of shaping and strategizing your shooting schedule, it’s time to generate call sheets. If you follow this process, StudioBinder will automatically populate many of the call sheet details for you, a major time-saver. For a complete rundown of how to modify or customize your call sheet, you’ll find playlists of videos on StudioBinder Academy.

Lesson 6 — How to Generate a PDF of the Stripboard

Once your shooting schedule is presentable, you'll likely want to print or share a PDF of it with various department keys, location managers, executives, etc. Using StudioBinder's PDF Builder, you are able to totally customize the layout and information to create a precise version based on the audience — it can be as detailed or simplified as you wish.

Lesson 7 — How to Sync a New Version of a Script

Just because the script is “finished” doesn’t mean new changes aren’t inevitable. Even if you’ve created a shooting schedule, importing and syncing a new script revision won’t undo any of your work — it will simply add new scenes to your overall schedule that can be worked in.

In StudioBinder, you can sync a new script revision directly from the shooting schedule, and, just like that, you’re back on track.

Lesson 8 — Download Schedules and DOOD Reports

Once the stripboard has at least one day break added, you can view the working shooting schedule and various other reports. The reports can be modified to include more or less details, and you can share the report in a couple of different ways. You can share an online version of the shooting schedule that will always have the latest Stripboard changes reflected, or you can print or export PDFs.

Lesson 9 (BONUS) — Stripboarding 101 with Arnon

In this video, the working producer & filmmaker Arnon Shorr walks you through how to create a shooting schedule using the stripboard feature in StudioBinder's film production scheduling software.

Lesson 10 (BONUS) — How to Schedule a Documentary

For the uninitiated, documentary filmmaking seems to thrive on spontaneity but there is just as much planning involved as a fiction film. In particular, this overlap can be found in how these productions are scheduled. In this video, we will break down how to make a shooting schedule for a documentary.

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