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Great films are made in pre-production. And so an effective preproduction is made possible.

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People often say that the difference between a good movie and a bad one comes down to one thing: how well you plan.

Bad preproduction means something goes wrong on set – and you don’t get the shot that makes the cinema magical.


Make your choice. The production designer didn’t know we needed the lightsaber today. (Didn’t he see that on the Google Sheet?) Nobody knew that the sand dunes are vacuumed on Tuesdays. (The Location Scout added this to Dropbox, but no one was notified.) The actress opened the email with the wrong call sheet attachment and landed on the Death Star stage instead of the Rebel Blockade.

It’s what filmmakers try so hard to avoid through careful preproduction.

But the sad truth is, just spending hours on breakdown spreadsheets and call logs and putting together endless emails doesn’t make your movie any better.

What is an important way to avoid mistakes? Stop juggling lots of outdated, isolated tools and find a system to Eliminate inefficiency.

Pre-production in a perfect world

In a pre-production utopia, you would have a tool that generates all of this information instantly and communicates seamlessly between your entire cast and crew. It could understand your script, make a shooting schedule, and make sure everyone is on the same page on everything. It would ensure that any information that could be reused is reusedinstead of being recreated manually over and over again. It would even wake you up in the morning for your call time and offer you a cup of coffee.

Okay no all that will happen. But there is software that could come remarkably close to us. It’s called Yamdu, a film production management tool supported by ARRI.

Optimize your workflow with Yamdu

Yamdu offers all of these solutions in one convenient package. It is the information hub of your production that is accessible anywhere and anytime. It is your online production office.

All necessary information is stored centrally. Scheduling is shared and kept up-to-date, and information is easily updated. Items such as key details and call lists can be easily generated to save time. Individuals and teams stay agile, informed, and one step ahead of slower old school productions.

When it comes down to it, creatives have to cut redundant work to focus on creativity itself. That’s what Yamdu does. It helps you escape isolated systems that only cover a limited part of production management.

How do you use yamdu?

Simply put, Yamdu is a one-stop-shop for everyone on the team.

If you have a script, start there. First import the script from any file format (FDX, CELTX, Fountain, PDF). The script tagging tool makes it easy to select, tag and reuse items like props, sets, VFX, SFX, etc. Within minutes, Yamdu reads, interprets and generates a script breakdown.

If you already have a schedule in Fuzzlecheck or Movie Magic, import it with one click. If not, add a few more details and a few minutes later you will have a shooting schedule.

Every aspect of filmmaking has its place in Yamdu.

For example, you can suggest or assign actors to each role and add information about their measurements for the wardrobe or even allergy requirements for craft services.

And you and all relevant crew members can comment on each object and thus structure the discussion. Yamdu helps you control production planning so you can set a schedule for every part of the process, from development to post. And to make everything as efficient as possible, data generated in one area, such as files, documents, tasks and production plans, can be reused in other phases or departments – and even in other projects.

Or you can add shooting lists, storyboards, and notes including camera and lens selections to the camera department. (And if you’re a manufacturing company, keep track of which equipment is used for which production and when.)

Call lists are a breeze. Through Yamdu, call lists automatically contain all previously entered information (such as locations and talents) and can be easily distributed to the crew. Call lists can not only be created in minutes, but can also be followed (sent, displayed, confirmed) by every member of your crew.

With Yamdu, you can access crew, occupation, location and supplier information anytime, anywhere. You can monitor what is going on in your productions in real time and even receive conflict alerts when they occur. It’s about as complete as filmmaking!

An unmatched range of functions

While Yamdu has too many tools to review all in one article, here are a few notes:

  • Crew management
  • Shooting schedule
  • Occupation Management
  • Script breakdown
  • Shot lists
  • Production planning
  • Storyboard
  • PDF exports
  • Call Sheet Builder
  • Talent pages
  • tasks
  • Costuming
  • Product design
  • Hair & makeup
  • Location scouting
  • Financing partner
  • Showbiz budgeting export
  • Project calendar
  • Personal calendar
  • Project templates
  • User access management
  • units
  • Contract tracking
  • Content items

The Yamdu community: creators of all kinds

Since Yamdu is supported by ARRI and used for Netflix, Amazon, HBO and NBC shows, and campaigns for companies like BMW and Walmart, you might think that it was only intended for big budget productions. And while you can read Case studies Because Yamdu is used for high-level studio features, TV shows, and commercials, the Yamdu community is also made up of students, startups, and indie filmmakers.

Crazy Pictures uses the straightforward structure of Yamdu to organize large teams and keep an eye on their production.

For example, James Twyman of Black Card Productions produced Ring side, a series available on Amazon Prime for a staggering $ 1,400 budget, thanks in part to Yamdu:

“I had tried other software like Celtx and Studiobinder, but ultimately they lacked the features Yamdu provided. When I found Yamdu, I loved it. I had what I needed and from now on I will always use Yamdu. “

Exclusive webinar (and a promo code!) For No Film School readers

Sounds interesting? It gets even better: No Film School reader will receive a promo code for a two months 50% discount on all Yamdu plans only by register for an exclusive Yamdu webinar next Thursday.

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