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Old 03-25-2014, 07:48 PM   #16
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Yea, can be done. Yea, it will look like it.
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:38 PM   #17
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I've been on at least two shows (as a Guest-Star actor) where we shot an entire 30min episode in one day. Not a soap. Then I've also done shows where it took 6 days to shot a 30 min show and also a 60min show. Do they have a problem with 'quality production' one a one day shot vs 3?
TV and feature films are a different beast. The question of quality is a matter of opinion really. If you think you're happy with that you think you'll end up with, go for it.

As for your example, if you're using an example of a dialogue heavy reality show vs a scripted narrative action film, it's really chalk and cheese. You cannot fairly compare the two. While you can go fast, it'll cost you. The cost will be extra money (unless you're using free labor which changes the equation) or a lower production value.

Remember the saying, you can get 2 of the following: Fast, Cheap, Good.

It sounds like you want fast and cheap (due to budget). Guess which part suffers.

There are always alternatives. Maybe you found the right formula that'll work for you.

You can shoot fast. For example, we shot 11 or 12 pages in 3 hours once. Push that to a 12 hour day and you can shoot 40+ pages in a day. Not every piece of production lends itself to be shot that fast. The rest of that 80 page production took near on 20 days and a lot of work was pushed (by design) into post production.

It really depends on the subject material and how you're shooting it to whether you can achieve your goal.

Good luck.
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I also hope you're PAYING these TRUSTED cast members, because I've had a short film go to 4 days of shooting due to people showing up 3 hours late or not at all.
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Probably can't be done without dedication (and sleep deprivation) from everyone involved.


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I have a VERY limited budget,
This is the key phrase. So, the answer is no.

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Remember the saying, you can get 2 of the following: Fast, Cheap, Good.




27 pages per day. That's really fast. If you have only three locations - so that's one location per day - it might be remotely doable. But, as was mentioned, you are going to have to shoot a "play." That means every line, every mark, every camera move, all the lighting and every audio detail has been thought out, prepped and rehearsed until it is completely automatic. Remember that a real play preproduces and rehearses for months before it hits the stage. You'll have to do the same.
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I've been on at least two shows (as a Guest-Star actor) where we shot an entire 30min episode in one day. Not a soap.
Which shows?
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Probably can't be done without dedication (and sleep deprivation) from everyone involved.


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I've been on at least two shows (as a Guest-Star actor) where we shot an entire 30min episode in one day.
So you know you can shoot a feature in three days. If they can
do thirty minutes in one day, you can shoot ninety in three.

When do you shoot?
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What's the location anyway?Can't you just change it to another one?Is it so damn good that you have to play it stupid?
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Crew gets meth. It's cheaper. Learn your place, crew!
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Crew gets meth. It's cheaper. Learn your place, crew!
I can't do that to my beautiful skin
What about some LSD, that stuff is a lot cheaper than cocaine

Keeps you pretty amped up too
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Old 03-26-2014, 01:00 PM   #28
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It's not impossible or insane. If you REALLY feel you can do it GO FOR IT. But MAKE sure you have EVERYTHING covered and planned in ADVANCE.

This is an example of something that was shot in three days




You also mentioned your film had action. This filmmaker also has several books on Action Filmmaking. I would suggest to contact him and get his input.

He also did about 4 other features also.
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Do you have a back-up plan, in case after 3 days you only have 75% (or whatever) of your screenplay shot?
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I did my drama feature that had about 70 pages in the script in 18 shooting days.

Not much action in the movie either.

And I do shoot with fast tempo as well.

I would not like to try to shoot feature in 3 days time, no way.

If you will try it you will have to shoot 16-18 hours in a day and even still it is hard to get good results.
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