Production schedule

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This article is about production scheduling in the context of movie production or theatrical production. For production scheduling in the context of manufacturing plans, see scheduling (production processes).

The production schedule is a project plan of how the production budget will be spent over a given timescale, for every phase of a business project.

The scheduing process starts with the script, which is analysed and broken down, scene by scene, onto a sequence of breakdown sheets, each of which records the resources required to execute the scene. These resources include:

  • Cast Actors
  • Special Effects
  • Wardrobe
  • Special Equipment
  • Stunts
  • Extras/Silent Bits
  • Props
  • Make-up/Hair
  • Extras/Atmosphere
  • Vehicles/Animals
  • Sound Effects/Music
  • Production Notes
  • Others

From the breakdown sheets the Production Manager compiles a production board which is used as the basis for a shooting schedule for every day of the shoot.

See also[edit]

Breaking down the script


  • Film Scheduling by Dennis . King (2nd Ed, 1991)
  • Film Production Management by Bastian Clevé (2nd Ed, 2000)
  • The Complete Film Production Handbook (3rd Ed, 2001)
  • Production board in Microsoft Office Excel by Eddy Grabczewski (2006)