Each type of film presents challenges and will require special consideration. For example, some films take longer than others to make (features), require intermittent shoot schedules (documentaries), pose severely restrictive time and financial parameters (most films) or format (web and TV), or require use of non-actors (educational and corporate). The commonalities are to:
• Figure out what you know, and start from there;
• Ask questions;
• Apply logic and common sense;
• Consolidate resources (people, places, things) whenever possible.
Turn your schedule upside down and run different scenarios: “What if…longer days, shorter days, longer weeks, shorter weeks, non-union, union, 2nd unit, 3rd unit, etc.” ...