Framing A Project's Progress

In a full-length feature film, all phases of film production taken together may be between one and ten years, and in some cases longer. In order to get an overview of the desired temporal progress of the film production, a producer or production manager prepares a production calendar, which covers all phases up to the completion of the film.

This production calendar shows which phase is planned for which period and which tasks have to be completed by a certain date. A production calendar also has a calculatory impact when it comes to things like occupancy or rental periods. The cost of preproduction or post-production also depends critically on how long you hire a production office or editing room, for example, and employ the associated personnel. A production calendar must not be confused with a shooting schedule in which filming is planned in isolation from the rest of the film production.