Q: What is the best scheduling program for beginners?

August 18, 2011 by cindy  
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Q: What is the best scheduling program for beginners? Elaina H., Omaha, Nebraska

I don’t know about the best and I certainly don’t think that being a “beginner” has anything to do with it.  The industry standard is Entertainment Partners (or EP, formally known as Movie Magic).  This program is the most widely used in the industry so it’s good to jump right in and learn it so that you can communicate with others during production without issue.  Meaning, if you are working with another AD and you’re scheduling a shoot they are, more likely than not, going to be doing the schedule on this program so they can email you files without having to convert them into another program.  It just makes things easier.  There are some other programs out there that are good as well, but they are not as widely used.  So, if you are going to be doing a single project with you and your buddies a program like Gorilla might work perfectly well for you.  But, if you are looking to pursue a career as a professional AD, then EP is the way to go.  It really depends on the scope of your project and what your personal goals are moving forward.

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