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Director to Line Producer (2 replies and 2 comments)

1 week ago
sheriftolba 1 week ago

Hi Roger and everyone here!

I'm about to shoot my second short film and the process on this one is a lot more professional as I'm backed by a company of producers and a post production facility.

Now my line producer requested a detailed list of what I need for production from gear to set dressing and everything else so he could approach funding with a rock solid plan.

I know what I need as a director and I will operate the camera myself.

I don't actually know how to write that list in the best form so I would like to ask any of you to give me an example or any advice on how to write a good detailed list for a line producer.

Thank you all!

Jacob W.
1 week ago
Jacob W. 1 week ago

I don't personally know if there is a "set form" of a list like that, other than just a list of gear. It's not like MLA format research paper. (And I work in production offices of large feature films in ATL) So, I've had experience with the environment of producers/directors. Now, I haven't myself ever seen firsthand a list from director to line producer, but in features, the director doesn't ever give that list. It comes from each department head to a UPM or Line Producer that gives a list of their equipment/budget needs.

Which, in my experience, can be simply an excel file with name of equipment/gear, the price totaled at the bottom - if it's from a rental company within the industry that can be listed too. But it's quite standard. 


I would imagine someone like a James Deakins would be the best advisor here since I believe she deals in that world with regards to telling producers what their departments needs are. But take my advice for what it is, just from an office production coordinator. 


Hope it helps. Good luck!

7 days ago

I felt something was wrong being asked for that list but I suspect it has something to do with the scale of the project, I did a script breakdown and sent the report over so I guess this is what they need to see .. I did not provide a gear list however because I must first know the funding scale to decide on gear, so I provided them with things that can't be changed or removed.

Thank you so much for your detailed answer it really helped!

Roger Deakins
5 days ago
Roger Deakins 5 days ago

The request seems a little 'odd'. A budget is usually done from a script. You can make a general guess at what it will take to shoot a script but that would never detail individual items of set dressing. Obviously, if you find a dressed location there would be no need for set dressing!

4 days ago

Yes I do think it seems a little odd too, I wrote him a general list and I guess this is what he's looking for, I think they're just trying to see if I really thought this through or not since they will be looking for someone to fund it.

I'm really enjoying every bit of the process and I enjoy the difficulty to the point where I sometimes feel guilty, I'm lost and confused yes but I'm having fun.

Thank you for the help!

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