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#1 Jase Ryan

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Posted 05 February 2009 - 04:03 PM

I have a question. Generally, when you approach a film, how do you decide how much film to order? One project is a Short 10 page film on we're shooting on 35mm and the other is a 10 page script on s16mm. I'm not sure how to figure out how much film should be ordered first. Any info on how you figure it out would be great!

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#2 John Brawley

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Posted 05 February 2009 - 04:19 PM

I have a question. Generally, when you approach a film, how do you decide how much film to order? One project is a Short 10 page film on we're shooting on 35mm and the other is a 10 page script on s16mm. I'm not sure how to figure out how much film should be ordered first. Any info on how you figure it out would be great!

Thanks!



A good pace to start is to assume a page per minute for your script, or that your short will be 10 mins long. For drama, a comfortable shooting ratio starts at 10:1 and 15:1 is nice. It can be done for less, but you start making it hard for yourself. anything lower than 5:1 is pretty iffy.

so 10:1 ratio, that means 100 mins of rushes for 10 min screentime. Each 1000 roll is just over 10 mins in 4p @24 FPS. so 10 x 1000' rolls.

Budget and script will modify this a lot though so think of it as a starting point.

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#3 Tim Carroll

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Posted 05 February 2009 - 04:39 PM

My new best friend:

Film Calculator

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#4 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 05 February 2009 - 05:08 PM

I have an incredibly complicated spread sheet (well it works for me) that'll calculate these things. If you have the new 2008 excel I'd be happy to e mail it to you, or anyone. Drop me a message, adrian at adriansierkowski.com
it'll roughly guess, but should tell you how much film you'll need.
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#5 Jase Ryan

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 02:05 AM

Great... Thanks!
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