2 The schedule
Nicky Earnshaw is Head of Production for Pinewood Pictures, who were involved in the production of Spooks: The Greater Good.
Nicky is going to be talking about the importance of the schedule to the production. She talks about the people who are responsible for its creation and the kind for information it provides in the production process.
As Nicky explained, it is often the line producer who takes a script in the first instance to begin the scheduling process. It is at this stage that you begin factoring in all the actors, extras (called ‘background’), props and other items required in each scene.
The script breakdown
To identify your costs, you have to examine the script closely and analyse each scene very carefully. This is called the script breakdown. The schedule (and therefore the budget) is built up scene by scene. Here Nicky talks about the kind of things you have to take into account when breaking down a scene.