In collaboration with Swedish 2-year education program for Production Managers and Assistant Directors in Frans Schartaus Handelsinstitut we took our Bootcamp into Stockholm, Sweden by evolving it into an 2-month full-time course of Production planning.
Our agenda on the course was divided into 3 modules:
MODULE 1: (3 weeks)
The importance of understanding proper planning
How to read a script and how to break it down PT 1
How to read a script and how to break it down PT 2
- introduction to production planning
- introduction to 1st AD’s prep work: what is it, why is it needed, what does it do to the production overall
- breaking down process: how to separate needed elements from the script and what should be red between the lines
- going through Movie Magic Scheduling technically
- breaking down scheduling process and different stages
- introduction to working laws and conditions
- “critical assumptions” documents
During the 1st Module all students prepared their own breakdowns and schedules of feature length films on MMS.
MODULE #2: (1 week)
Communication and team leading
Who reports to who and why
- going through AD’s jobs one by one
- going through different possibilities of forming an AD crew
- discussing through theories of leadership
- presenting tools for team leading, acting as a supervisor and reporting to yours
During the 2nd Module students worked on additional homework besides having one-on-one meetings to get consultation for their breakdowns and schedules.
MODULE #3: (2 weeks)
Planning the daily work from set and from the office
- introduction to 2nd AD’s work
- what prep work includes versus what is the daily work during shooting days
- managing the AD department’s work planning
- communication between departments & with HOD’s
- introduction to makeup & costume times
- calculating working hours and turnarounds
- introduction to risk assessments and other daily paperwork
- introduction to transportation lists and communication with production coordinators
During the 3rd and last Module students took their schedules to a daily planning stage and prepared detailed call sheets for 1 week of the shoot.