Crew Drills (D1)

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.) MFA2s will mentor each MFA1 in each of their positions.

The 8 Producers for each day will be responsible for providing Craft Services for the crew. The MFA2 1st AD Mentors will go shopping with you as a group the evening before to purchase the Craft Services.

The MFA2 2nd AD Mentors will order lunch and arrange for its pickup.

Crew drills for all shows must take place either as an interior on the set in Soundstage or as an exterior on the Backlot. No other shooting locations are permitted.

Crew responsibilities

Producer/1st AD

Pre-Production

  • Prepare all paperwork according to the Crew Drill Production Documents (see below).
  • Send out a Call Sheet and Map by 7:00pm the day before the drill; include a map to the Soundstages.
  • Create a Setup Schedule with the DP. Must start with 1 dolly master and 4 coverage setups.
  • Upload script into LockItScript for the Script Supervisor.
  • Go shopping for craft services with the MFA2 1st AD Mentor.

Production

  • As soon as you get your walkie and clock in, go to the set and stay there.
  • Run the set, making sure the crew is working efficiently and safely.
  • The production will have 3 hours to unload the truck, block, rehearse, build and level track, put the dolly & camera on, shoot, and wrap.
    • New Deal 0:25
    • Camera on dolly 1:00
    • Lighting complete 1:40
    • Start Shooting 1:45
    • Camera Wrap 2:15
    • Company Wrap 3:00
  • Keep track of your time using the Setup Schedule you created.

Post-Production

  • Have the 2nd AD collect and organize the paperwork according to the Crew Drill Production Documents list (see below).
  • Collect the media cards (SSD & CF) from the 2nd AD. Deliver the cards along with the Camera & Sound Reports to the designated cubby in the Post Hall while company wrap is in progress.
  • Have the 2nd AD complete the Daily Production Report (DPR) and email as a PDF by 10:30pm that day.
  • Scan the Daily Production paperwork as PDFs, naming each file according to the Crew Drill Production Documents list (see below).
    • Upload the files to the production delivery folder in OneDrive (Tony will email you a link to this shared folder). Make sure you put it in the Crew Drill folders by 9:00am on the Monday following the Crew Drills.
Director

Pre-Production

  • Send your Producer your Crew Drill Script as a Final Draft file.
  • You will use a scene (or part of a scene) from your D1 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 2 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, weapons, complicated SFX, etc.)
  • Discuss the shot design with your DP.
    • The first shot of the drill must be a Dolly Master Shot. Subsequent coverage is up to you.
  • The Actors for your scene will be assigned classmates. So you need to adapt for purposes of the drill.

Production

  • At the beginning of the shift, briefly block with your actors on the set (keep it simple).
  • During the New Deal, have the actors demonstrate the blocking for the crew.
  • Direct your actors in the scene.
Production Designer

Pre-Production

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

Production

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

Pre-Production

  • Discuss the shot design with your Director.
  • Create a Setup Schedule with the 1st AD w/ 1 dolly master and 4 coverage setups.

Production

  • Communicate the setups to the crew.
  • Manage the Camera, Grip & Electric Departments.
  • Operate camera.
2nd Assistant Director

Production

  • At the beginning of the shift:
    • Have crew sign in using the iPad timeclock
    • Hand out walkies to department heads
    • Have actors sign Cast Performance Agreements.
  • During the shift:
    • Remain at Base Camp, except to escort actors to/from set at the 1st AD’s request.
    • Record the New Deal using the Camera app on the iPad and upload to YouTube. Make sure to set the video to Private.
    • Repeat 1st AD’s walkie shooting protocol to Base Camp (“Lock it up… going for picture… that’s a cut on picture… going again…”, etc.)
  • At the end of the shift:
    • Complete the Performers Production Time Report. Have the actors sign it.
    • Make sure Script Supe, 2nd AC, and Sound Mixer meet to verify reports, then collect their reports and media cards (SSD & CF Cards).
    • Have crew sign out using the iPad timeclock.
    • Collect walkies and put them back on charger.

Post-Production

  • Collect and organize the paperwork according to the Crew Drill Production Documents (see below). Give the paperwork and media cards to the Producer.
  • Complete the Daily Production Report (DPR) and email as a PDF by 10:30pm that day.
All Other BTL

Production

  • Work with MFA2 mentors in your assigned positions.

Production documents

Below is the list of documents needed for the Crew Drills.

  • Editorial
    • Script Supervisor Reports: (export from LockIt website)
      • Clip (Shot) Log 01d1-ClipLog.pdf
      • Editor’s Log 01d1-EditorsLog.pdf
      • Facing Pages 01d1-FacingPages.pdf
      • Lined Script 01d1-LinedScript.pdf
      • Progress (Production) Report 01d1-ProgressReport.pdf
    • Sound Reports (export CSV file from Sound Device) 01d1-SoundReports.csv