QD2 Parameters & Schedule



CDC/FSU guidelines for social distancing are the minimum guidelines that all students must adhere to in addition to their local/regional rules. It is incumbent upon the student to maintain vigilance regarding local/regional rule changes. If your local/region tightens rules beyond the CDC/FSU guidelines those rules must be adhered to and reported to faculty. If the local/regional rules change to a looser configuration, students still need to obey the CDC/FSU baseline rules.


Each show will consist of an Director (DR), Editor (ED), and a Production Collaborator (CB) who will provide support in the ATL areas of cinematography, production design, and producing. The Editor must be a remote collaborator (i.e., not somebody who can work in the same physical space as the Director). You can add additional collaborators, but this is the minimum requirement. Each student will cycle through all three positions on different shows. 


We will mirror the D2 specs: Maximum of 5 pages for the script. Maximum TRT is 05:30. Using VFX, Minors, Weapons, Animals, Stunts, Intimacy permitted, but must be vetted by faculty and follow existing D2 protocols and current safety guidelines. We also want to encourage you to innovate with the form, allowing for different ways of telling stories than a typical D2 would permit. For example, you could combine efforts to each tell parts of a larger narrative (e.g., Part 1, then Part 2, etc.). Or you could make shorts that exist within a shared universe. Or something else that sparks your creativity in new and exciting ways.


Each production will be provided an equipment package consisting of a Panasonic EVA camera, tripod, boom, and Arri lighting kit. Equipment will be made available through curbside pickup for students in town, or shipped to students out of town. Shooting on a different camera (computer camera, zoom, phone, DSLR) is permitted, but must be approved by faculty, predicated on story-based reasons. 

FIST agreement:

Each production will adhere to the FIST production labor agreement. 

Data allocation

Each production is permitted a 20:1 shooting ratio. Based on a 5 page script, this equals 100 minutes of footage. 

Schedule overview

  • Weeks 1-2 Development & Pre-Production
  • Weeks 3-5 Production & Picture Edit
  • Week 6 Sound, Color & Delivery
  • Week 7 Screening


Weeks 1-2

    • Each writer/director will work with Julianna to either adapt their previous D2 script to work within the QD2 parameters, or to develop a new narrative script.
    • Crewing – The deadline for forming your production team is 5pm on Friday, May 15.
    • Faculty Supervision – Jed, Julianna, Keith, Marisol, and Tony will be available to support and consult during the entire QD2 process, through both required meetings and on an as-needed basis. 
      • Logistics Meeting (required): Each team will meet with Jed & Julianna to discuss the logistical execution of the film. 
      • Greenlight Meeting (required): Each team will meet with Jed, Keith, and Tony to finalize all logistics and to present all required documents:
        • Cast List and Performance Agreements
        • Location List and Agreements
        • Crew List (if others) and Crew Deal Memos
        • Other documents if required

Weeks 3-5

    • There will be 3 Production Cycles. In each cycle, each production will have 3 days to shoot the film. Concurrently, the Editor will create an Assembly Edit in Premiere Pro. 
    • Following the 3 production days, the Director & Editor will have an additional 4 days to complete the Picture Edit. 

Week 6

    • Each director will have 3 days to complete the Sound Design of their own show using Premiere Pro. 
    • Each director will have 1 day to color in Lumetri.
    • Directors will output the finished film and deliver to CMPA.

Week 7

    • The QD2 Projects will have their premiere screening online on Thursday, June 25.