Introduction + A scheduling question
Posted 18 December 2010 - 07:33 AM
first, I'd like to introduce myself, my name is Kamil Beer, I'm from Czech republic and this is the first time I'm here Me and my team are already filming a movie, it has been about a year since we started. It is a very unique movie and I wouldn't really like to spoil it here.
We had some major "adventures" since we began - at first, it was just a crazy idea, which suddenly came into reality... we had our first meetings and after several people fell off, what stayed was a great team of dedicated filmmakers.
We currently have a team of a Director (me), two PAs, Photographer, Sound master, two cameramen, a Script and a webmaster.
We started shooting in November, and a painful issue had already risen: How to schedule the shooting properly.
My initial approach was to get every member to tell me a time when they would be able to shoot (and tell them several days in advance) and shoot with them once a week, but after FOUR(!!) bailouts (for less or more important reasons) by an important actor or crew member and a month without shooting, I believe the time has come to take a different approach. My initial idea was to film more frequently, like two or three times, so if one is cancelled, we'd still have time to shoot.
What would be the best approach in this situation? Thanks a lot, I really hate cancelling the meetings.
Posted 18 December 2010 - 09:02 AM
An alternative to one day a week (I assume over the weekend) would be to film in one week blocks.
Posted 27 December 2010 - 01:50 AM
A director recently approached me with a solid approach to scheduling a low-budget feature. He allowed me the flexibility of what month is best, but stood by his decision that it would be shot in one, 3-week block. This way everyone has marked that month as booked, and the decision is made.
Simple is better.