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Prep Days - Is there a standard?

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#1 Sean Jensen

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 11:32 AM

Hello everyone.


Is a prep day always included before you start a long term gig? Friends of mine are getting shafted on prep days and production is blaming them for delays on set. Is this a common thing now? Being a Canadian I'm just curious how ops in the US deal with this.



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#2 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 12:41 PM

Part of the deal
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Posted 05 July 2013 - 01:24 PM

depends on the type of gig   


• live gigs, no prep days, just rehearsal days

all others yes as Eric said ,  part of the deal

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#4 Victor Lazaro

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 03:41 PM

On small non union gigs, some productions want to cut the prep day. I then let them know that in case of any issue or delay I cannot be held responsible. Production can't be both cheap and picky, they need to chose.
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#5 Iain Baird

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 04:43 PM

Sean, I've noticed a change in the last few years as well. Some local PM's are so eager to cut corners thinking that eliminating the Prep day makes them a budget Hero. Really it just costs them more in the long run with potential on set delays and the loss of general goodwill towards the Production. I always insist and have only had one PM refuse, I've never taken another gig that they were PM'ing.



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#6 Frederic Chamberland

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 08:29 PM

Hi Sean,


Fellow Canadian op here: on tv series : I have 1 day for prep ( 8 hours) and one day for wrap (another 8 hours) . Part of the deal. 

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 08:16 AM

Television seems to be a 1 in 1 out kind of deal.  Same on a low budget feature.


Higher budget features can have multiple day preps.


I had 2 full weeks on Step Up 4 but that was 3D and had somewhat of a budget.  The producers recognize that its cheaper to work the kinks out of specialty equipment in the rental house than on set.

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