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.)

Crew drills for all shows will take place in the spaces where your D1 production will shoot at Critchfield Hall.

Crew responsibilities



  • Prepare all paperwork according to the Crew Drill Production Documents (see below).
  • Send out a Call Sheet by 7:00pm the day before the drill; include a map to Critchfield, and a Set Diagram.
  • Create a Setup Schedule with the DP. Must start with 1 master and include 4 coverage setups.


First show of the day:

  • Remove the snacks from the gray bin that has been provided, and set out craft services on one of the tables under your tent.

As crew arrives for shift:

  • Have crew sign in using the iPad timeclock.
  • Take temperature of each cast & crew.
  • Hand out walkies to each crew.
  • Have actors sign Cast Performance Agreements.

During the shift:

  • At call time, have a Safety Meeting with the entire crew to communicate an emergency plan, location hazards and any production safety concerns. Have a Shop Steward (Script Supervisor) complete the Safety Meeting Report
  • Run the set, following the 1st AD Protocol, making sure the crew is working safely and efficiently.
  • The production will have 3 hours to unload the truck, block, rehearse, build, shoot, and wrap.
    • New Deal 0:25
    • Camera in position 1:00
    • Lighting complete 1:15
    • Start Shooting 1:30
    • Camera Wrap 2:30
    • Company Wrap 3:00
  • Keep track of your time using the Setup Schedule you created.

During Company Wrap:

  • Make sure crew sanitizes all equipment that has been handled as they are company wrapping, along with their staging area spaces.
  • Make sure Production Designer removes set decoration and sanitizes Zone A set space(s).
  • 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).
  • Deliver media cards to the Script Supe, and direct them to offload the footage onto the Asst Editor laptop workstation that has been set up:
    • Upstairs: Room 0221
    • Downstairs: Room 0134
  • Have crew sign out using the iPad timeclock.
  • Collect walkies and put them back on charger.

Last show of the day:

  • Return any remaining craft service snacks to their gray bin, and move the bin inside the building.


  • Complete the Daily Production Report (DPR) and post to #dpr Slack channel as a PDF by 10:45pm that day.
  • Upload Crew Drill Production Documents (see below) 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.


  • 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 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.


  • 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


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


  • Dress the set, provide props & wardrobe if necessary.
  • Periodically sanitize high-touch set decoration, props and Zone A set throughout production, with a final sanitizing of set upon company wrap.
Director of Photography


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


  • Communicate the setups to the crew.
  • Manage the Camera, Grip & Electric Departments.
  • Operate camera.
All Other BTL


  • Work with MFA2 mentors and/or Faculty in your assigned positions.
  • Periodically sanitize all equipment that has been handled, with a final sanitizing during company wrap, along with staging area spaces.

Production documents

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


  • Camera Reports 01d1-CameraReports.pdf
  • Script Supervisor Reports (export from ScriptE):
    • Clip Bin File 01d1-ClipBin.csv (deliver csv file, not pdf)
    • Editor’s Report 01d1-EditorsReport.pdf
    • Facing Pages and Lined Script 01d1-FacingPages_LinedScript.pdf
    • Progress Report 01d1-ProgressReport.pdf
  • Sound Reports (export CSV file from Sound Device) 01d1-SoundReports.csv