Running a film set

It’s the night before the first day of your shoot and you have no idea what to expect. You have your call sheet – it’s been sent to everyone – you know on paper and in your head what you have to do, but how is it all actually going to play out? No matter how far along in your career you might be, this question of 'how's it going to play out' never gets old. In this activity I’m going to run you through a typical shoot day, so you know what to expect!

– Genevieve Clay-Smith

Activity – running a successful film set

Person with clapperboard in front of a camera

Using the information above, answer these questions in your logbook.

  • What are the most important aspects to running a successful film set?
  • How does your role(s) contribute to a successful short film?
  • Why is filming out of sequence a good idea?
  • What organisational strategies are you going to use to make sure your production and post-production processes run smoothly?
  • What can you do to problem-solve issues as they arise?