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PODCAST: Scheduling a 12 Day Micro-Budget Feature Film Production

One of the most challenging tasks for micro-budget filmmakers is creating a shooting schedule that serves both the creative needs of a feature length production and the logistical paramters of the project. The goal is often to shoot as many pages per day as possible without sacrificing quality, but that is easier said than done.

Over the course of this episode, I outline a 12 day shooting schedule that I highly recommend for filmmakers looking to find that perfect balance between quality and efficiency. The schedule is designed for an average shooting rate of 7 1/2 pages per day, and a total of 5 days off over a 17 day period.

While no two productions will ever have the exact same logistical needs, this schedule offers an optimal starting point designed to serve a wide variety of micro-budget films.

Take a listen to Episode 13: Scheduling a 12 Day Micro-Budget Feature Film Production

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Noam Kroll is an award-winning Los Angeles based filmmaker, and the founder of the boutique production house, Creative Rebellion. His work can be seen at international film festivals, on network television, and in various publications across the globe. Follow Noam on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for more content like this!

2 Comments

  • Alexander
    July 5, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Noam, first of all, thank you for your great podcast. It’s been only two months but it easily became one of my favorite podcasts ever, definitely, one of a few my go-to podcasts.
    I have a question: did you use any scheduling software to make production schedule or to keep track of shots (like Shot Lister etc)? Or do you prefer to do it manually? What would be your recommendation for such software or paper forms? I know many indie filmmakers tend to skip any paper work, if possible (which I find kind of unprofessional in that imo any serious filmmaker should at the very list keep a proper shot list.) Maybe you have your own template and is willing to share with us at some point? Thanks

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    • Noam Kroll
      July 22, 2017 at 2:36 am

      Thanks for the very kind words! I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying the podcast.

      Scheduling-wise, I did everything in a very rudimentary way, mainly using a very basic spreadsheet I created to keep track of everything myself. The way in which the film was shot (in particular because we shot sequentially) made things much easier to keep track of without a more elaborate system. That said, if you have the bandwidth to keep things more professionally organized, I would always advise you to do so.

      As for shot lists, please take a look at my template here: http://noamkroll.com/how-making-a-lined-script-can-transform-your-directorial-process-download-my-shot-list-template-here/

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