In the following video, shot in partnership with the production management app StudioBinder, 1st AD Alex Stein breaks down the structure of a well-written call sheet. Watch it to learn what to list, and where to place it on the document.
Here’s Stein’s checklist of essential call sheet components.
1. Name of your production
2. Date of the shoot and what day you’re on
3. All major contact information (director, producer, UPM, production coordinator, ADs, etc.)
4. Weather conditions and temperature
5. Notes on parking
6. Location address(es)
7. Miscellaneous section on special props, stunts, effects, and general notes, like whether the set is open/closed, smoking/non-smoking, etc.
8. Complete schedule breakdown (load in, scene numbers, lunch, company moves, etc.) with descriptions (day/night shot, length in page count, which talent are in each scene, special props, etc.)
9. Total page count for the day
10. Talent list with cast numbers, names, roles, call times and specific notes
11. Background talent list
12. Location of the nearest hospital with an emergency center
13. Walkie channels
And don’t forget: Mealtime is always six hours after general crew call. MM
For more information on StudioBinder, visit the official website. Featured image from “Learning to Drive,” photographed by Melissa Marshall.