Why shooting out of order shouldn’t be a scary thought
“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but toschedule your priorities.”1
—Stephen R. Covey
New filmmakers often worry that shooting out of script order will make it difficult to keep track of where they are in the film’s story or somehow make it harder to organize the pieces in the edit. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Shooting out of order is a necessity that will only serve to make the process vastly easier.
At a Q&A, I once heard legendary director Sidney Lumet (12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon) asked if he thought shooting a movie out of script order made it difficult for the actors. Without ...