How many minutes / pages can you expect to shoot per day?

On a typical production, you can expect to shoot about 5 pages of script per day. This means you’ll be working day and night to set up and shoot about 5 minutes of final product footage. Following this logic it will take you 18 – 30 days of shooting time for a feature length film (depending on how many pages you’re shooting / day and how long your script is). Even 5 pages / day is considered ambitious on most film sets.

Usually people that work in the film business laugh at the production schedule of those working in commercials because a 30 second commercial spot may take 3 days to a week to shoot.


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