Ep Scheduling

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Unlike other brands of film production software, EP Scheduling is designed by those in the trenches. The makers of EP Scheduling, Entertainment Partners, are directors, producers, production managers, and ADs themselves, so they know the realities of commercial and film production. Any programmer who's missed out on the exquisite joy of being placed smack dab in the crucible of production can only guess as to what features of a program might be useful.

The time and budget constraints of production, when joined by the utter chaos of umpteen departments scrambling to do their jobs, makes for a unique variety of bedlam. There are trucks full of equipment to get across town, actors to shuttle to and from set, meals to coordinate (often for up to several hundred people), extras to wrangle, and sets to build and (sometimes) detonate. The ability of all these competing goals to get done on time and effectively is directly tied to the sanity of one document: the production schedule.

What EP Scheduling Can Do for You

If you're a production coordinator or unit production manager, you're blessed with the enviable task of generating this schedule. Not only that, you're often responsible for the script "breakdown" as well, which functions hand in hand with the shoot schedule. This means every element of a shoot must be accounted for, from the hair and makeup supplies and costume needs to the pyrotechnics equipment and lighting gear. Even if each department head is responsible for his or her own supply kit, it's the coordinator's job to make sure these materials are on set and ready to go when the director calls for them.

EP Scheduling software lets you approach this zaniness in an organized manner by offering sophisticated and robust features such as preconfigured reports and file sharing capabilities. A sensible and intuitive user interface helps you craft a schedule that everyone on set and in the production office can understand. With EP Scheduling, you can make sure all your production supplies are accounted for before you arrive on set and learn that the camera lens is cracked or that the egg salad has spoiled.

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