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

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The Call Sheet

Now that the run-and-gunners are out covering the news, let's look over the shoulder of the director on a full-scale, film-style shoot.

Your shooting schedule officially begins on the first day of principal photography. (And yes, it's called photography even if you're doing it with a camcorder.) It doesn't matter if the second unit has already started shooting inserts or establishing shots; principal photography begins the day the first unit starts shooting.

Thanks to the planning and scheduling process, the first assistant director will have specific assignments for each member of the cast and crew, which he'll compile into a call sheet. This document, duplicated and distributed just before the end of each day's shoot, tells every ...

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