Schedules, schedules, schedules!

I’m in the midst of a film/tv course, and we’re all about to shoot our final films (arrgh! Exciting!)  - my real question, which has probably been asked before, is how often do you shoot, and how many episodes do you power through in a certain block? (Obviously you’ve different locations to get to, and actors to organise…etc etc.)

Answer: Scheduling is maybe the hardest part of making the show. Since this is a passion project, it means that we have to work around at least 10, but more like 20 different schedules. Everyone has day jobs, or travel plans, or who knows what. We like to shoot as many episodes together as possible. Normally we do long weekends, since that’s a cheaper gear rental for us. We average 10 script pages a day, which amounts to about a little under two episodes a day. SO: ideally we’re doing 30 pages between Friday-Sunday, and the resulting effort is about 5 or so episodes. They’ve been getting longer, so that average is changing, but that’s still about what we’re aiming for. That being said, Squaresville is mostly people talking in a basic locations. We don’t have cars exploding or anything like that, all of which would slow us down a lot.
For the past 5 weeks I’ve been interning in South Africa as a missionary photographer. One day when we had a break I sat down and watched every episode of Squaresville. Needless to say I got addicted rather quickly.
I’m going back to America this week so today I asked some of the children at church to throw up the “L7” for me. These children are from the village of Sekgakgapeng in the city of Mokopane in Limpopo province of South Africa. Sekgakgapeng is a very poor village. Most of these kids only eat once a day, if that, so during the weekdays the church doubles as a feeding center and gives an extra meal out to the children to helo keep them healthy and so they can grow bigger.

For the past 5 weeks I’ve been interning in South Africa as a missionary photographer. One day when we had a break I sat down and watched every episode of Squaresville. Needless to say I got addicted rather quickly.

I’m going back to America this week so today I asked some of the children at church to throw up the “L7” for me. These children are from the village of Sekgakgapeng in the city of Mokopane in Limpopo province of South Africa. Sekgakgapeng is a very poor village. Most of these kids only eat once a day, if that, so during the weekdays the church doubles as a feeding center and gives an extra meal out to the children to helo keep them healthy and so they can grow bigger.