3 Scheduling Tips To Get the Most Out of Your Actors

Nothing can kill an actor’s mood like a bad shoot schedule.

Maybe your schedule asks too much. Maybe your schedule has weird call times. Maybe your schedule switches between night and day constantly.

By making sure your schedule is as understanding of your actors’ needs as it is efficient, you directly affect your final product.

1. Work around emotional arcs

If your cast has to shoot an emotional scene, it’s best not to schedule a happy scene right after it.

Shifting major emotional hats is a difficult process, and just like your actors, your director will likely benefit as well.

It’s important to read through your script to make sure you schedule around story moments, not just logistics for the crew.

2. Use a Day Out of Days Chart

There’s nothing worse than waiting around.

By using a Day Out of Days chart, you ensure your actors are working on the shoot for the chunk of time they’re needed.

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You can visually track when an actor starts work and finishes and see the gaps in between. Because days off between shooting are usually paid, effectively scheduling actors often means saving money.

You can’t make a Days Out of Days chart, however, without a doing break down first.

3. Try to Schedule Chronologically

Always schedule scenes as chronologically as possible any time you can.

Not only does it make continuity simpler, but it also enables actors to more clearly follow the emotional flow of the story and maintain the emotional arcs of their characters.

Your actors be able to feel the character arcs more naturally, but it will also allow the crew who haven’t read the whole script the chance to see the story unfold first hand. The other alternative is making a storyboard.

You could also make a storyboard.

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