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#1 Diana G Palombaro

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 08:34 AM

Soon gonna shoot a short film of about 15 minutes , how shoul I calculate how many meters of film stock do I need?

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#2 Chris Burke

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 02:35 PM

Soon gonna shoot a short film of about 15 minutes , how shoul I calculate how many meters of film stock do I need?

thanks guys



you should calculate based upon the shooting ratio to be used
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#3 Diana G Palombaro

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 09:52 AM

you should calculate based upon the shooting ratio to be used


ex: 3:1 for about 15 minutes 450m (35mm) let's say a stock of 1500?
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Posted 06 August 2010 - 12:53 PM

Kodak's online film calculator:

http://motion.kodak....//www.kodak.com - Film Calculator&flashWidth=600&flashHeight=400&flashBgColour=FFFFFF&WindowBgColour=FFFFFF
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#5 Nicholas Rapak

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 04:34 PM

Kodak's online film calculator:




I never knew this existed. Thanks for finding this!
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#6 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 05:25 PM

you should calculate based upon the shooting ratio to be used



There are all sorts of short films. Is this a narrative with actors and the whole nine yards? Or is this more experimental?

What kind of film it is will also give you a gauge as to how much prep you will need. For example, how I directed my first narrative short was COMPLETELY different from the way I directed my first avant-garde short.
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#7 Diana G Palombaro

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 07:25 AM

There are all sorts of short films. Is this a narrative with actors and the whole nine yards? Or is this more experimental?

What kind of film it is will also give you a gauge as to how much prep you will need. For example, how I directed my first narrative short was COMPLETELY different from the way I directed my first avant-garde short.


Yeah, a nattive one..shots planned, no improvisation
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Posted 07 August 2010 - 02:02 PM

ex: 3:1 for about 15 minutes 450m (35mm) let's say a stock of 1500?



that is a very low ratio. it can be done, but leaves no room for error. if you can afford it 8:1 is a low safe ratio.
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#9 David Owen James

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 04:45 PM

What is an average film shooting ratio?

Edited by David Owen James, 10 January 2013 - 04:46 PM.

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#10 Matthew W. Phillips

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:33 PM

5:1 always worked for me. 3:1 almost ruined my film. 8:1 is more than safe. 10:1 is getting greedy. :D
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#11 Mike Tounian

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:58 PM

It all depends on the type of film you are making and the difficulties involved. From what I've been told, the average studio feature plans for a 8:1 ratio but they usually end up higher. My thesis at USC had a 12:1 ratio, and that was on 3-perf, but we had blank firing machine guns, choreography with a swing band armed to the teeth, moving vehicles, etc. so we had to do that.

If you end up making an easier narrative that is mostly just people "talking or doing poop" you can probably get away with 5:1, but I'd go 6:1 to be safe.
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#12 Matthew W. Phillips

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:03 PM

A lot of it has to do with whose money is being used. People talk all this crapola of 12:1 and higher but not on their own dime, they arent! If you have studio backing and others dough, hell, shoot what you can get away with! If its your money, I guarantee youll keep it tight. Just being real with you.
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:22 PM

I have tended to be 3:1 but I rehearse rehearse rehearse. That ratio is for a short film. i have yet to try a feature.
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#14 Mark Dunn

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 01:52 PM

3:1 is really tight for coverage. 6:1 is doable.
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