7 reasons to consider the new G-Casper when creating Call Sheets

Ever since I heard that there was finally a reliable call sheet formulated on google docs I wanted to try it. I remember when google docs was in its mere infancy I tried to create a call sheet to fit, however there were limitations. Now that google docs has advanced in what it can do, a team of people have developed a kick-ass tool that will forever change the way ADs create and maintain call sheets, production reports, exhibit G’s and more.

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  1. It’s created using Google Docs. Google Docs have become an integral part of tv/film production thus making this transition that much easier. The same premise of using an excel sheet…only its now in the cloud. Should your computer get stolen/missing you still have a call sheet to edit.
  2. It’s free. You don’t have to spend a dime. Who doesn’t love that?
  3. You can now make the process more collaborative. Stop emailing those excel files back and forth or waiting for your dropbox files to sync. Have your entire AD dept on this document and get to work. This is also beneficial for when someone gets sick, fired or has to step away to solve a crisis.
  4. You will save time by allowing the document to pre-populate information like the previous casper system. It can pull up scenes, cast and crew info based on the other tab’s data and linking features.
  5. Decrease the amount of human errors made. With the new bug feature, it will help you spot potential problems such as in-correct call times, bad email addresses etc…
  6. Everything is in one place. You don’t have to have multiple excel sheets and pdf’s open to get your work done. Everything is in one central “google doc.”
  7. If shared with a 1st AD, allows them the ability to look out as it is being updated without having to wait on a printed physical pdf prelim. The 2nd AD can essentially make a round of updates and over walkie tell the 1st AD to look at on their phone/tablet.

Episode 10 – The art of directing Background Actors with Alexander Salazar

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In this episode we talk with Alexander Salazar about the role of the 2nd 2nd AD and the art of directing Background Actors.
Alexander Salazar (@directedbysalazar on instagram) is a filmmaker and Assistant Director from Washington state, who graduated with a Bachelors in Film & Television Production from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles before moving to New Orleans to work on a wide range of independent and studio films. After working on numerous shows as a Production Assistant, Alex soon joined the Directors Guild and began working as a 2nd 2nd AD and Key 2nd AD. Some of his credits include Happy Death Day 2U, The Highwaymen, Yellowstone: Season 2, Queen of the South: Season 4, as well as the upcoming films Power and Bill & Ted: Face The Music. In addition to his work as an AD, Alex has directed two feature films, including the award-winning Amazon film “Danger, Dames & Dangerous Games” and “A Lesson In Cruelty”.

Apps mentioned in the podcast

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Books Mentioned in the podcast

Why you need a “fixer” when filming on location

Whether shooting in a small city/town hours away from an airport or filming in a remote village overseas, having a “film fixer” can be an essential element in ensuring a film’s success.

The word “fixer” has come to mean a person that can serve as a middle-man between a film production company and the city/town/area that the company is aiming to film in. In some instances this person(s) may have film knowledge and act as a “local producer” and in other situations this person(s) may be very well connected but new to filmmaking.

I’ve used fixers multiple times to find locations, secure extras and assist with the overall production of a movie. Below I have outlined some of the things that a “fixer” can assist with should you choose to use one.

10 things that fixer’s can assist with:

  1. Finding and securing key locations and in some instances handle aspects of the permitting process
  2. Acting as a conduit to the local town officials (police/fire/city/film commission) and setting up introductory meetings
  3. Having a pulse on the local news media (papers/facebook groups/tv & radio) in order to know which entities might be able to activate press
  4. Handling passports, visas and essential paperwork to allow a company to have access to said country
  5. Working as a translator (if a foreign land) and transcribing important documents
  6. Serving as a peacemaker when filming in areas that could be considered dangerous to outsiders
  7. Being a cultural leader and someone who can get others in the community excited about being a Background Actor
  8. Providing recommendations for safe and reliable places for the cast and crew to stay
  9. Connecting the production company with possible experienced crew or cast that might live in the area
  10. Filling in the gaps of the production crew and potentially working in an official capacity as a Producer, Coordinator, APOC, Supervisor, Location Manager etc..

Episode 9 – Using technology to scout and manage locations with location expert Dale Dreher

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In this episode we talk about all things locations with Dale Dreher (@dalerdreher on instagram)

Dale is a Location Scout and Manager in the Los Angeles Studio Zone and all of Southern California. 

His Specialties include Union and NonUnion Location Scouting, Management, Hard to Find Locations, Houses, Offices, Buildings, Schools, Suburban or Urban Locations, Streets, Freeways, Americana and all other locations you can imagine!  

Dale has worked on numerous movies, tv shows and commercials. Some of the projects Dale has worked on include Bright, Grace Unplugged, East Los Angeles, Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia, 24, Curb Your Enthusiasm and countless others…

Please check out Dale’s website https://www.socalscout.com

Apps and Sites mentioned in the podcast:

Lightroom by Adobe:    https://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-lightroom.html?promoid=759X6WJP&mv=other

Solocator: Compass for the iPhone:    https://solocator.com/

Scheduling and Budgeting Software:  Jungle Software/Gorilla :   https://www.junglesoftware.com/products/gorilla_bud_home.php

Teamsters Local 399 Hollywood:   https://www.ht399.org/

Dropbox: http://www.dropbox.com

Daylite by Marketcircle: CRM on Mac Database Software:  https://www.marketcircle.com/why-daylite

Database for Information, Dual Platform:  Filemaker Pro:  https://www.filemaker.com/products/

Permit Service:  PPS:     https://lafilmpermits.com/

Permit Service:  FilmTHIS:    http://www.filmthis.net/film-permits/

FimLA Permitting:   https://www.filmla.com/for-filmmakers/

Standing Sets: DC Stages:   http://www.dcstages.com/

California Film Commission:  CA State Permits:  http://film.ca.gov/