Our Top 8 Filmmaking Templates

Paperwork may not serve as the glamorous, sought-after side of filmmaking, but it is necessary bureaucracy from which successful filmmaking abounds. From releases to director’s sheets and everywhere in between, having the right template supports the functions of every department and each member your crew.
Though these types of forms often feel repetitive or tedious to maintain, the creation of these forms is essential to an efficient film set. There are numerous resources available, especially in the form of templates, to help organize your cast and crew. These pre-written templates can keep your paperwork and decision making straightforward and effortless while still catering to your project’s specific needs.

Our top 8 filmmaking templates

  1. Director’s Worksheet

    Directors should use this form to keep each scene on task. These questions can be easily overlooked or forgotten until it’s too late in production to turn a sailed ship around. Keep your director and film set in sync workinging with a director’s worksheet.

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  2. Storyboard Template

    Filmmakers involved in pre-production should use this storyboard to visualize each crucial scenes in their film so they can plan for blocking, camera coverage, and even props. Storyboarding prevents expensive production mistakes and are the spines of solid filmmaking. The stronger the spine, the stronger the end product. This template can help strengthen your storyboard.

  3. Sample Budget

    Use this template to keep your funding in order. Whether a small project or a large-scale production, all films need a budget. Films fail when budgets aren’t monitored and kept in place. Use this template to keep your team on track and within your budget.

  4. Actor Contract

    Keep your actors’ contracts consistent and organized. Building fair contractual obligation for your actors is a keystone in your filmmaking process. This template for filmmakers can help satisfy both actor and filmmaker.

  5. Location Release

    All filming locations require location releases and are often completed on the day of filming on location. The location owner(s) fill out the form and then you safely file the form. Location releases prevent any future disputes on whether you and your team had a right to film on said location.

  6. Injury/Illness Report

    Having this form at the ready can make unforeseen and urgent situations easier to handle. Accidents and illnesses happen. Keep a premade form in a folder on set for the peace of mind that you are prepared and ready to handle any incidents that may arise.

  7. Equipment/Box Inventory

    Knowing where your team’s equipment is doesn’t only protect the equipment but saves your team valuable time and energy. Equipment is an asset and an expense. Keeping clear tabs on where your equipment is with a list like this is one of the safest methods for preventing equipment loss.

  8. Daily Production Report

    When you’re in production, you need to keep tabs on what is happening on set daily. This form asks comprehensive questions about what went on during your day of filming, including which actors were in the scenes, how many pages, minutes, and takes have occurred.

Additional template resources

If you’re looking for even more resources to keep your team on-target, here are two of our favorite sites for filmmaking templates:
New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative Forms
FilmContracts.Net Forms
Remember, bureaucracy may feel like a painful part of filmmaking, but without proper bookkeeping, your magnificent vision can quickly deteriorate. You’ve worked too hard for that. Find your templates, use them wisely.

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