Q: What is the best scheduling program for beginners?

August 18, 2011 by cindy  
Filed under Mail Bag

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.

Episode Eleven: The AD Experience

September 2, 2009 by cindy  
Filed under episodes

Episode11_photoYou may assume that an assistant director on a film set is helping to actually direct the movie. Judging by the name alone it would be easy to come to that conclusion. What you may not know is that the ADs are responsible for coordinating every department on set and all the actors as well. The different AD jobs are some of the most important on a film project and definitely not for the faint of heart.


itunes_button_sm

Read more

Soonami Productions