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Real World Digital Video, Second Edition by Gerald Everett Jones, Pete Shaner

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Preventing and Troubleshooting Common Problems

We've covered some of these problems already, but here's a handy checklist of what can go wrong on the set— and what to do about it:

  • Don't schedule scenes that are technically or emotionally challenging on the first few days. Give your cast and crew a chance to become a team before you start shooting the tough scenes. Save the longest and most difficult scenes for late in your schedule, if possible. Scheduling software ought to take this sort of thing into account—but it doesn't, so you'll have to.

  • Don't expect to shoot as many pages per day in the first couple of days as you will later on. If the schedule calls for shooting an average of six pages per day, plan to shoot four on day one.

  • To maintain ...

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