Movie Magic Scheduling is a powerful program that allows you to create a schedule for shooting a movie. It is designed for movie directors and studio administrators but can also be used by enthusiasts to work on smaller film projects.
The program can help you by breaking down a script into a detailed schedule where each scene is assigned to a certain set, has a clear synopsis and involves certain actors. In short, you can use it to plan all the actions and resources for the entire film in order to focus on shooting instead of resource planning.
The main tool of the program is the Breakdown sheet. This enables you to describe every step of the schedule and to assign resources such as actors, props or wardrobe items. It includes multiple pages that can be edited and reviewed in order, just like a notebook. You can jump to a certain page using the Board tool that displays an overview of the entire plan.
When you are creating a project from scratch you must begin by entering the cast members, the cameras, the wardrobe items and all the other resources used in the film. Later, these elements are distributed to certain scenes so it is very important that you define and assign them properly.
You can do that from the Element Manager that includes all the categories and the details. But if you like to define things as you write the scenes, the program enables you to add new elements from the Quick Entry tool or by simply adding them to the breakdown sheet.
The Breakdown Sheet can also be used to assign a certain image to a scene. If you designed the scenes by hand or you have a sketch of the set, you can load it into the scene and use it as a tip for the actors or the director.
Another important tool is the Calendar that allows you to mark the days that cannot be used for filming due to holidays or to travelling between locations. You can also mark certain important days such as the production days with red flags and notes.
Finally, after all the preparations have been made, you can print the board and distribute the copies to the team members in order have everything ready on time. Of course, there are a lot of things left to do but at least you made sure that the actors and the wardrobe are on the right set, at the right time.
Overall the program is a great scheduler that is especially designed for movie professionals and you should try it to make your job easier.