Author: Tony

Documentary Reporting

Project Meeting

The Director(s) of each project will have a required Zoom meeting with Valerie some time during the project’s production window. Each team should schedule those meeting times with Valerie and add them to your Production Schedule in Google sheets.

Daily Reporting

Each group must post a report in the group’s Slack channel by midnight (EST) every day from Feb 27 – Mar 18. Missing, late, or incomplete reports will result in a grade reduction for all members of the group. Directors should post on their shoot days, and anyone can post on non-shoot days.

Each day’s report should include the following information:

1. Wellness Check

  • Indicate whether everyone is feeling OK, or if anyone has any COVID symptoms, such as a fever, chills, shortness of breath, coughing, sore throat, fatigue, body aches, nausea, and loss of smell or taste.

2. What did you accomplish today?

  • A short summary of the day’s events

3. Photo of the day

  • If it was a shoot day, then include a behind-the-scenes photo demonstrating COVID protocols were utilized (e.g. camera 6 feet from interviewee).
  • If it was not a shoot day, then any photo that is indicative of the day’s events.

4. Any additional concerns

  • Any incidents, accidents, delays, equipment problems, etc.

Budget (Doc)

Each student will be allocated $140 to go toward documentary production expenses. These funds can be used in the following categories:

  • Petty Cash (which includes production design, production supplies, music or stock image licenses). You can pay for these expenses out of pocket, then get reimbursed.
  • Travel (if traveling away from Tallahassee, can include fuel, airfare, lodging, car rental, and meals). With the exception of fuel and meals, the school needs to book these expenses directly for you in advance. Do not pay out of pocket for any of these if you plan to use the school funds. You can pay for fuel and meals out of pocket, then get reimbursed.
  • Services (if you need to hire someone, like a composer). The school needs to pay for services directly, and this must be initiated at least 1 week prior to services beginning.

In order for the funds to be released to you, each student will need to submit a Budget Sheet to the Head of Production showing how you intend to use those funds. Once the budget is approved, instructions will be provided on the process for using those funds depending on which category your expenses fall within.

This is a “use-it-or-lose-it” budget.

Doc Schedule Overview

Jan 6 – Feb 26Development & Pre-Production
Feb 11-12Doc Group Production Meetings
Feb 15-19Individual Meetings
Feb 23-26Doc Group Greenlight Meetings
Feb 25-26Equipment Check-Out
Feb 27 – Mar 18Documentary Production
Mar 22Equipment Check-In
Mar 19-29Paper Edits
Mar 30 – Apr 14Post Production
Apr 18Documentary Screening

D1 Handoff Chart

Below is a chart showing the handoff of the following items from one show to the next during the D1 cycle.

  • Critchfield Keys
  • Production iPads
  • Media Cards
  • Walkies
  • Craft Service Bins
  • Director’s Viewfinders
  • Script Supervisor Laptops
  • Camera Batteries

Map to Critchfield Hall

DIRECTIONS

Critchfield Hall is located approximately 10 miles northwest of the school’s main home in University Center A:

When providing directions to cast and crew, you can use the PDF above or share this link to Google Maps.

Pro tip: When heading towards Critchfield Hall, the final traffic light you hit (right after you pass the I-10 freeway) requires a complete stop on red. There’s a good chance you’ll get a ticket if you roll through on a red.

Producer Responsibilities (D1)

Pre-Production

  • Meet with the Head of Production to discuss the project you are producing.
  • Complete a Location Agreement and Shooting Plan with the Head of Production for the space(s) at Critchfield you intend to use.
  • Organize the Tech Scout of the location with the ATL. Establish where the restrooms, parking, staging, base camp and set will be. Complete a Location Hazard Assessment Checklist. If any location hazards, then also complete a Hazard Notification Report.
  • Have each actor sign a Performance Agreement.
  • Break down the script and create the Production Schedule in Scenechronize.
  • Create a Setup Schedule with the DP.
  • Prepare all scheduling information and other materials required for Directors Prep.
  • Attend Directors Prep and takes notes for the Director.
  • Assist the Director with any and all logistical needs to prepare for principal photography.
  • Run the Production Meeting by reading the action of the script. Answer crew members’ questions. Have each crew member sign a Crew Deal Memo.
  • Prepare all the paperwork needed on set.
  • Check the weather periodically to monitor adverse conditions. Have a back-up plan.
  • Pick up Craft Services by the night before production.
  • Have a Greenlight Meeting with the Head of Production, during which you will:
    • Show all completed Location Documents.
    • Follow through on any questions that were brought up in the previous Producer Meeting.
  • Following the D1 Handoff Chart, pick up the pertinent items from the Equipment Room.
  • Double check every logistical piece of information and make sure nothing has been forgotten.
  • Create the Call Sheet, including a map, and email it no later than 12hrs before call time.

On Set

START OF DAY

  • Arrive at set FIRST, 30 minutes to an hour early.
  • Establish Base Camp.
    • Set up Zone B Checkpoint with Walkies, Production iPad, and forehead thermometer where crew will check in when they arrive.
    • Set up Craft Service table where crew will collect their snacks during check in.
  • When trucks arrive, verify they are parking in the correct place.
  • As crew members arrive, take their forehead temperature, check them in using the Production iPad, and hand them a walkie.
  • Give the Script Supe laptop to the Script Supe.
  • At call time, have a Safety Meeting with the entire crew. Complete the Safety Meeting Report.

THROUGHOUT THE DAY

  • Run through the 1st AD Set Procedure: Block, New Deal, Build, Rehearse, Shoot…
  • Manage the time on the set by keeping up with the Setup Schedule. Adjust schedule as needed.
  • Look ahead to next setups and make sure departments are prepared and working ahead.
  • Verify with volunteer or caterer that lunch will be brought to set in time to set it up prior to releasing for lunch.

MEALS

  • Six hours after Call Time, release the cast & crew for lunch.
  • Make periodic announcements on time remaining on lunch.
  • Make sure lunch does not exceed one hour.

END OF DAY

  • At Camera Wrap, make sure crew sanitizes equipment while wrapping safely and efficiently. Make sure to have Company Wrap on time.
  • Complete the Performers Time Report, and have the actors sign it before they are dismissed for the day.
  • Make sure 2nd AC, Script Supe, and Sound Mixer meet at end of day to verify their reports. Have them give you all reports.
  • Collect the camera card from the 2nd AC, and the sound card from the Sound Mixer.
  • Have crew members sign out using the iPad. Once all crew has clocked out and returned their walkies, plug in the iPad and walkies for the next day’s production. Monday Producers can hold on to the walkies and return them to the ER by 10am on Tuesday; and hold on to the iPad to return to the Head of Production by 10am Tuesday.
  • Once the Script Supe is finished with the SS laptop, then pass that laptop to the crew member who is the Producer in pre-pro the following day (i.e. the Friday Producer passes it to the Sunday Producer; the Saturday Producer passes it to the Monday Producer). Sunday and Monday Producers can hold on to the SS laptop to return to the ER by 10am Tuesday.
  • Clean and secure location. Be the LAST TO LEAVE (except perhaps Art Dept). Leave the location better than when you arrived.
  • Pass the key to Critchfield to the Producer for the next day’s production. Monday Producers can hold on to the key and return it to the Head of Production by 10am Tuesday.
  • Complete the Daily Production Report and distribute within 2 hours after Company Wrap.

Post-Production

  • Turn in Camera Reports, Camera Cards & Sound Cards to the cubbie in the ingest room in the Post Hall as soon as possible after wrap.
  • Sunday Producers turn in SS laptop, and Monday Producers turn in iPad and SS laptop to the Head of Production by 10am on Tuesday after production.
  • Turn in Production Delivery Paperwork via OneDrive to the Head of Production by 9am Thursday after production.

Crew Drills (BTH) – Fall 2020

The purpose of the crew drills is to practice working in each of the crew positions. Don’t get too caught up on trying to make the “perfect” scene. Keep it really simple. BFA3 department heads mentor those in their department, as follows:

  • 1st AD mentors both 2nd ADs
  • 1st AC mentors both 2nd ACs
  • Key Grip mentors both BBGs

Food will not be provided, so make sure you plan accordingly. You have a 1-hour lunch break, so either bring your own lunch or plan to go out nearby. Just make sure you’re back in time.

Crew drills will take place on the set in Stage A.

Crewing

BFA3 will complete the Crew Drill grid together as a class. There are 8 BFA3 positions for each drill. This will give each of you an opportunity to mentor the BFA2 and get to know them better. This also gives you a chance to get your hands on the gear again to reignite that muscle memory.

BFA2 will work the 3 positions (2D, 2C, BG) in pairs. One of the 2Ds and one of the 2Cs will start off as Actors for the first half of the drill. Then they will swap, and the other 2D & 2C will be the Actors. The BGs will remain working in pairs during the entire drill.

Production

The production will have 2.5 hours to unload the van, block, rehearse, build, shoot, and wrap.

Plan on having 6 total setups. Once you have shot the first 3 setups with the first 2D/2C Actors, swap them with the other 2D/2C Actors. Have the Director modify the blocking, the 2C lay down new marks, and then reshoot the scene with the other 3 setups.

  • 1st New Deal 0:10
  • Camera on set 0:30
  • Lighting complete 0:40
  • Start Shooting 0:45
  • Swap Actors with other 2D/2C pair 1:10
  • 2nd New Deal 1:20
  • Camera Wrap 2:00
  • Company Wrap 2:30

Crew responsibilities

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Director

Before the Drill

  • You will use a scene (or part of a scene) from your BTH script for this crew drill. The script must meet the following criteria (make up a crew drill version if necessary):
    • Must be no less than 1 full page, and no more than 1 4/8 pages in length
    • Must only have 2 characters (no more, no less)
    • Must have dialog (so the Sound Mixer can practice recording it)
    • Keep it simple (no stunts, close proximity, weapons, complicated SFX, etc.)
  • The cast will consist of one of the 2D and 2C pairs, then they’ll swap half way through.
  • Discuss the shot design with the DP.

During the Drill

  • At the beginning of the shift, briefly block with the Actors on the set (keep it really simple).
  • During the New Deal, have the Actors demonstrate the blocking for the crew.
  • Direct the Actors in the scene.
  • Once you have shot the first 3 setups with the first 2D/2C Actors, swap them with the other 2D/2C Actors. Modify the blocking with them, then reshoot the scene with the other 3 setups.
Production Designer

Before the Drill

  • Discuss the production design with the Director (keep it simple).
  • Acquire props, wardrobe, etc (only if absolutely necessary).

During the Drill

  • Dress the set, provide props & wardrobe only if necessary.
Director of Photography

Before the Drill

  • Discuss the shot design with the Director.
  • Create a simple Setup Schedule with 3 setups for each of the 2D/2C Actor pairs, for a total of 6 setups. For example:
    • 1st 2D/2C Actor Pair: 3 setups (1 master + 2 singles)
    • 2nd 2D/2C Actor Pair: 3 setups (1 master + 2 singles)

During the Drill

  • Communicate the setups to the crew.
  • Manage the Camera, Grip & Electric Departments.
  • Once you have shot the first 3 setups with the first 2D/2C Actors, swap them with the other 2D/2C Actors. Have the Director modify the blocking, the 2C lay down new marks, and then reshoot the scene with the other 3 setups.
1st Assistant Director

Before the Drill

  • Get a copy of the Setup Schedule from the DP.

During the Drill

  • At call time, have a Safety Meeting with the entire crew to communicate an emergency plan, location hazards and any production safety concerns. Complete the Safety Meeting Report
  • Get the DR to quickly show the Actors the blocking, while the 2C lays down marks, then call a New Deal.
  • Run the set, making sure the crew is working safely and efficiently.
  • Keep track of your time using the Setup Schedule.
  • Once you have shot the first 3 setups with the first 2D/2C Actors, swap them with the other 2D/2C Actors. Have the Director modify the blocking, the 2C lay down new marks, then call a New Deal
  • Reshoot the scene with the remaining 3 setups.
2nd Assistant Director

During the Drill

  • At the beginning of the shift:
    • Take forehead temperature of each crew member.
    • Have crew sign in using the iPad timeclock.
    • Hand out walkies to department heads.
  • During the shift:
    • Remain in Green Room with the Actors, except to escort them to/from set at 1st AD’s request.
    • During a setup, remain outside the stage doors to make sure no one enters during a take.
  • At the end of the shift:
    • Complete the Performers Production Time Report. Have the Actors sign it.
    • Have crew sign out using the iPad timeclock.
    • Collect walkies and put them back on charger.
All Other BTL

During the Drill

  • Work with BFA3 mentors in your assigned positions.
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QD2 Production Delivery List

The following is a list of items students must deliver to the Head of Production via the production’s OneDrive folder. Submit one electronic version (either scanned PDF or electronic original) of all documents using the provided folder structure. Name files according to the naming conventions provided in each section (e.g. 01qd2-Script.pdf).

Always keep a backup copy and/or hard copy of all files in a production delivery binder in case a delivered file becomes corrupt or accidentally deleted.

Due Dates

Part I – Production Delivery
Due by 5:00pm on the following dates:
• Shows 01-04 – Sat, May 30
• Shows 05-07 – Sun, May 31
• Shows 08-11 – Sun, June 7
• Shows 12-15 – Mon, June 8
• Shows 16-19 – Mon, June 15
• Shows 20-23 – Tue, June 16
To be completed by the Director.

Part II – Post Production Delivery
Due by 5:00pm on Monday, June 22, 2020.
To be completed by the Director.

Part III – Film Festival Press Materials
Due by 5:00pm on Friday, September 4, 2020.
To be completed by the Director.

Part I – Production Delivery

01. Script

  • PDF file of the final shooting script
    01qd2-Script.pdf
  • Final Draft file of the final shooting script
    01qd2-Script.fdx

02. Production Schedule

  • PDF of final Shooting Schedule
    01qd2-ShootingSchedule.pdf
  • Vertical Stripboard Report from Scenechronize
    01qd2-Stripboard.pdf

03. Daily Production Paperwork

PDFs of all paperwork from each day of production:

04. Releases

PDFs of all required releases:

Plus additional releases (if applicable):

05. Correspondence

  • PDFs of all general correspondence including letters, emails, faxes, etc. At the very least, this should include a thank-you letter to each location.
    01qd2-Correspondence.pdf

06. Crew Information

  • Update the Crew tab in Motion with any additional crewmembers (e.g. volunteers). Save a PDF of the Crew list, and include it in this section.
    01qd2-Crew.pdf
  • A good, clear scanned copy of the Director’s student ID card
    01qd2-DirectorID.pdf

07. Cast Information

  • Update the Cast tab in Motion with info for every person who appears on screen. Include a headshot for all Lead & Supporting roles (headshot not needed for Silent/Atmosphere Extras). Save a PDF of the Cast list, and include it in this section.
    01qd2-Cast.pdf

08. Location Info

  • Update the Locations tab in Motion with info and photo for each location used during production. Save a PDF of the Location list, and include it in this section.
    01qd2-LocationList.pdf

09. Vendors

  • Update the Vendors tab in Motion with info on each business or individual from whom items were borrowed, rented or donated. Include in the Keywords a brief description of the items (for donations, also include the real or estimated value of the donation). Save a PDF of the Vendors list, and include it in this section. If there were none, then still include a PDF of the Vendors tab from Motion.
    01qd2-Vendors.pdf

Part II – Post-Production Delivery

01. Project Details

  • Update all info in the Details tab in Motion. Save a PDF of the Details tab, and include it in this section.
    01qd2-ProjectDetails.pdf

02. Dialogue List

  • PDF of a Dialogue List form (typed). Include all spoken dialogue in the final film with descriptions of action seen on screen (for subtitling in foreign language festivals).
    01qd2-DialogueList.pdf

03. Music Requirements

  • PDF of Music Cue Sheet (typed), which lists the entrance and exit of all music cues
    01qd2-MusicCueSheet.pdf
  • PDF of the music rights, released to the Film School
    • If from Killer Tracks/Universal Production Music, include PDF of the Killer Tracks License.
      01qd2-KillerTracks.pdf
    • If an original score, include PDF of a Composer Contract signed by the composer.
      01qd2-ComposerRelease-ComposerName.pdf
    • If licensed music, include a Synchronization License from the publisher AND a Master Use License from the record label for world, film festival, for at least 2 years
      01qd2-SyncLicense-SongName.pdf
      01qd2-MasterLicense-SongName.pdf

04. Credits & Title Cards

  • PDF of Credits List form (typed). Include title cards & credits as they appear on screen. This should not be screenshots of the credits from the film.
    01qd2-Credits.pdf

Part III – Film Festival Press Materials

01. Press Kit

  • PDF and Word files of the Festival Press Kit, organized as follows. You may use the Press Kit template if you like.
    01qd2-FestivalPressKit.pdf
    01qd2-FestivalPressKit.docx  
    • Title Page: The first page will have the title of the film, contact address, phone number of the FSU Film School, and the Film School logo and copyright.
    • Synopses: A 25-word, and a 40-word synopsis of the film.
    • ATL Info: Biography, filmography & headshot for each ATL crew member.
    • Cast Info: Biography, filmography & headshot for each lead cast member. Union actors should be identified as such and the union to which they belong.
    • Credits: Include credits for each cast and crew member.
    • Production Stills: A minimum of five (5) production stills with captions.
    • Director’s Statement: A brief statement from the director about the project.
    • Poster: A one-sheet of the poster.

02. Press Kit Materials

All elements used in the creation of the Press Kit including photos, fonts, logos, graphics, etc.

  • One (1) photo for each ATL crew member at 300dpi, jpg.
    01qd2-CrewName.jpg
  • Bio for each ATL crew member saved in a Word doc.
    01qd2-ATL Bios.docx
  • Cast Info: One (1) photo for each lead cast member at 300dpi, jpg.
    01qd2-CastName.jpg
  • Bio for each lead cast member saved in a Word doc.
    01qd2-Cast Bios.docx
  • Synopses: 25-word and 40-word synopses saved in a Word doc.
    01qd2-Synopses.docx
  • Production Stills: At least five (5) at 300dpi, jpg
    01qd2-Still-01.jpg 01qd2-Still-02.jpg
  • Other Materials: Any other elements, including fonts, logos, graphics, etc.
    any filename that clearly identifies what it is

03. Poster

  • Poster created in Photoshop at 27”x 40”, 300dpi, using these layers: 1) Art, 2) Title, 3) Credits, 4) Logos/Copyright. Use approved Logos/Fonts as needed. Save a layered PSD file and a flattened JPG file.
    01qd2-Poster.psd
    01qd2-Poster.jpg
  • Save a copy of your poster as a 72dpi, 450×663 pixels, flattened jpg to use as a Summary Thumbnail.
    01qd2-SummaryThumbnail.jpg

04. DVD Artwork [OPTIONAL]

You are welcome, but not required, to include DVD artwork for this project.

  • DVD case cover created in Photoshop at 10.75” x 7.25”, 300dpi, using these layers: 1) Art, 2) Title/Synopsis, 3) Credits, 4) Logos/Copyright. Save a layered PSD file and a flattened JPG.
    01qd2-DVDcover.psd
    01qd2-DVDcover.jpg
  • DVD disc label created in Photoshop at 118mm Ø, center hole 20mm Ø, 300dpi, using these layers: 1) Art, 2) Title/Synopsis, 3) Credits, 4) Logos/Copyright. Save a layered PSD file and a flattened JPG.
    01qd2-DVDlabel.psd
    01qd2-DVDlabel.jpg

05. Media

  • Update the Media tab in Motion with at least 5 Production Stills (72dpi, jpg) and the Summary Thumbnail (Poster at 72dpi, 450×663 pixels, jpg – you must set it to this size or it will not upload). Include a PDF of the Media tab in this section.
    01qd2-Media.pdf

06. Film Festival Strategy

  • Update the Festival Strategy form in Motion. Include a PDF of the Festival tab from Motion in this section.
    01qd2-FestivalStrategy.pdf

Director’s Prep (BTH)

Before the prep day:

No later than noon on the day before the prep, the Producer is responsible for sending a clean copy of the script (with scene numbers) in PDF format to each member of the faculty thesis committee.

On the prep day:

In order to go as paperless as possible, everything except the screenplay will be presented digitally on the classroom monitor. Be sure to download any materials to the desktop computer for presentation.

Hard copies of the screenplay — with title page, scene numbers and lined script — will be handed out at the beginning of prep to each member of the faculty thesis committee.

If there are any VFX shots or if a camera other than the primary assigned thesis camera is planned to be employed in the production then the hard copy signed VFX approval forms must be shown to the Thesis supervisor.

The presentation will include:

  1. The Producer’s visual presentation file
  2. The Director’s visual presentation file
  3. The Director of Photography’s visual presentation file
  4. The Production Designers’ visual presentation file
  5. The screenplay with scene numbers and the beat-by-beat breakdown
  6. The UPM breakdown script
  7. The production board (header board and a strip for each scene in shooting order)
  8. The shooting schedule

In addition to the above requirements the Cinematography, Editing and Production Design faculty may require additional items in either electronic or hard copy form. Please see those faculty members for additional requirements.

Be sure that all above requirements are ready and provided to the appropriate faculty members at the time the prep is scheduled to begin.

Director’s Prep will occur in four separate sections and in the following order:

  1. Presentation of the movie.
  2. Faculty Q&A.
  3. Presentation and discussion of storyboards.
  4. Creation of an action plan.

The producer, director, production designer, cinematographer and 1st A.D. must attend the prep. (The production team may determine that the attendance of other crewmembers is necessary, and may invite them to prep as needed.)

Section I — Presentation of the Movie

The purpose of this section is to give the thesis film’s producer, director, production designer and cinematographer an opportunity to present the film to the faculty – uninterrupted. We will start the prep with the director addressing any notes addressed or not addressed after concept prep. After that, both cinematographer and production designer will do their presentations.

Let images speak for themselves in both cases.

Address the Cassavetes experience, and also if any information regarding the crew drills exercises: please share with us any findings, what you learned.

Producer will do the final presentation, showing the temp strip board and a brief resume of it.

Students will make presentations to the faculty in the following order:

1. The Producer will introduce the title of the film, and the crew positions held by every student in Director’s Prep. This should be done quickly, and without formality; it’s intended to give the faculty an orientation to who is doing what.

2. The Director will present a outcomes of concept prep, and what has changed/has been achieved. Then a quick visual pitch of the story to the faculty. The Pitch should be in story order and be supported by visual slide, which illustrate the essence of the directors vision for each moment of the pitch. The director will also present their casting choices, with audition videos ideally, exercise and only as last resource with stills.

Remember that these are images that you have found and or created for visually illustrating your pitch of the story. The images are meant be representational of “key story beats” to illustrate and evoke the feeling of the moment in your story.

The most important thing is that you TELL the story as a storytelling, using the images as background support for your PITCH.

3. The Production Designer will continue to present a brief visual illustration of the major design aspects as it relates to the world and characters of the film.

The presentation will begin with the world in which the story takes place. The presentation should include:

  • Photos representing the locale of the story.
  • Photos of every actual location the action will occur.
  • Photos of any key elements (such as picture vehicles).

After locations, the Production Designer will present photos and/or actual examples of key props/set dressings and the wardrobe for the main characters, with a focus on how the wardrobe helps illustrate the history, emotional construction and objectives of each main character. The presentation should include:

  • Photos or illustrations of the characters wardrobe/hair/makeup.
  • Any particularly relevant props and/or set dressing.

The Production Designer’s presentation should emphasize how the design of the world will illustrate – or serve – the overall expression of the story and its main characters (who they are and what they want).

4. The Cinematographer will present a three-to-four minute illustration of the “Cinematographic Plan” of the film. To show found and/or created photos and videos (including the Cassavetes workshop scene), the Cinematographer will demonstrate how color, light, shadow and visual language will illustrate the story. The presentation should include:

  • Visual References: Present an illustration of the visual plan for the film. You may also include movie clips (website link), paintings, stills, artwork, AC articles, anything that visually echoes the story’s look/visual mood. These references should reflect lighting ideas, contrast ratios, color, camera movement and shot design.
  • Mood: In writing, identify the emotional intent of the film and be prepared to explain the visual elements you plan on incorporating in your cinematography that support the emotional intent of the director. Describe any changes in mood and how you plan to support, enhance, underscore visually.
  • Format: Please describe your format choice/s. Please delineate your reasons behind each format choice. This applies to both framing formats (16×9(spherical), 2.4:1(widescreen) and digital capture formats (4k, 2k, DSLR, RED Lake, Etc.). Note any camera systems utilized other than RED should be a colored storyboard to indicate VFX and be prepared to discuss the story-based reasonings of this additional camera system.
  • Color Temperature Plan: Describe all the different lighting environments and the scene(s) that are set within that environment. For each of these major environments, write a brief description of how you plan to balance the scene/sequence’s color temperature.
  • Exposure/Filtration Plan: Outline a general exposure plan for each major lighting environment within you story. Note proposed shooting stops, expected footcandle readings at middle grey, expected ISO setting and contrast ratios you are aiming for associated with each environment. Also indicate any filtration you intend to use and the reasons why.
  • Specific Production Challenges: Describe any major lighting, rigging, power, location and/or camera challenges that need larger development and be prepared to explain how you propose to overcome these challenges.

5. The Producer will return with a three-minute presentation going through the Production board scene by scene in shooting order with the planned CALL and WRAP times for each shooting day including the plan for the use of any overtime.

As the producer goes through each day they should discuss all pre- production accomplishments and challenges related to each scene, with a plan for how the team will meet each challenge.

The Producer should focus on all concerns that any objective person would have about the production (e.g., a difficult location, an exotic animal, a dangerous activity, etc.). The goal is to anticipate the faculty’s concerns and address them before the Q&A begins.

Section II – Faculty Q&A

Faculty will ask students questions related to the presentation of the film in Section I. Students must be prepared to address in detail every story, script and production concern the faculty may have. The First Assistant Director will take notes during this section, making certain to document every faculty concern and related resolutions. It is important that the 1st A.D. has a complete understanding of any and all topics of discussion (the production team will rely on the 1st AD’s notes to address concerns after Director’s Prep). So the 1st AD should be prepared to stop the Q&A at any time for clarification.

This section will take as long as necessary for the faculty to have a complete understanding of the story, screenplay and production. (The directing faculty member will watch time and make certain to end this session with enough time to accomplish the next section.)

Section III – Presentation and Discussion of Storyboards

The purpose of this section is to give the director an opportunity to present the film to the faculty – frame-by-frame. Storyboards will be presented as a visual representation of how the film will play when it’s completed (e.g., the first storyboard should be the first image in the completed film), and SHOULD NOT be presented as a representation of coverage.

Directors will present storyboards one scene at a time – uninterrupted – describing the action and dialogue that happens in each frame. After each scene, faculty will ask questions and raise concerns. All other production members should be prepared to participate in the answers to the faculty’s questions. Directors will continue to the next scene only after all of the faculty’s questions/concerns have been addressed.

Any storyboard that depicts a camera angle that is intended to be shot as a visual effect, or is intended to be shot with a camera that is different from the primary thesis camera issued, must be either scanned from a yellow page or paper or have a large yellow banner applied under it in the Prezi.

The First Assistant Director will take notes during this section, making certain to document every faculty concern and related resolutions. It is important that the 1st A.D. has a complete understanding of any and all topics of discussion (the production team will rely on the 1st AD’s notes to address concerns after Director’s Prep). So the 1st AD should be prepared to stop the Q&A at any time for clarification.

Section IV – Creation of an Action Plan

The 1st Assistant Director will review with faculty and students every problem identified during prep. Together, faculty and students will determine who will be responsible for solving each problem before production begins. The 1st AD will create a list of these problems and responsible persons, which will become the “Action Plan.” Before the end of the day, the 1st AD will email the film’s Action Plan to each member of the faculty participating in the Director’s Prep. In the days following Director’s Prep, everyone will work to complete the Action Plan.

Prior to the first day of production, the 1st AD will email the completed Action Plan to the faculty, with a description of the resolution(s) for each problem identified.

If the action plan is not complete and submitted 12 hours before the first shooting day’s call time then the show will be penalized by the reduction of some or all of the shows overtime/PU days/special equipment privileges to be determined by the faculty production supervisor.

Concept Prep (BTH)

Presentation

This is the opportunity for the directors to share their vision, and for the producers to share their plan with the Thesis Faculty. This whole section should last no more than 15 minutes.

  1. Director will Pitch the current story to Faculty that have read the script. Please be concise and to the point. What is this film about? A 5 minute retelling of the script is not a pitch.
  2. Director will show the BEST take of the top two actors that you are considering for the LEAD Roles of the film. If you are able to, show rehearsals, or something that gives us more insight.
  3. The Director will show images of actual locations, which demonstrate the WORLD of the film.
  4. The Director will Show lighting examples which illustrate the overall MOOD of the film.
  5. The Producer will give a logistics status report and summarize the overall Production Plan. This is an important part of the prep, so please do address problems and solutions.

Discussion

Finally, the team should be prepared to answer any questions related to these items. We shall start asking any questions about story, and after that we shall move ahead with actors, questions about images, and so forth. Of course sometimes are all intertwined, but after the presentation we will start with questions about story.