From Script to Set: Getting Ready For Your 1st Day on Set

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Samm Haillay

Webinar hosted by: Samm Haillay

Producer at Third Films (Winner, Tribeca 2018 - Island of the Hungry Ghosts)

As lead producer at Third, Samm has eight feature credits to his name, these include coproductions with Sweden, Germany and Australia. These have premiered in Cannes, Venice, Sundance and SXSW and have featured at London, AFI, MoMA Docs as well as countless others. Recently, in 2018, his feature Island of the Hungry Ghosts won best Feature documentary at Tribeca. He is a member of BAFTA, EAVE and ACE. He sat on the Short Film Jury in Berlin 2010 to award the Golden Bear. He is a group leader for EAVE, Feature expanded and the Venice College Cinema. He also delivers training for Creative England, Film London, Arts Council England and FACT. Samm has been a patron or board member at several film festivals and is also a film academic. Full Bio »

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The script is finally ready…now, how do you prepare for your first day on set? There are a lot of factors that go into preparing for your film shoot. We’ve brought in producer, Samm Haillay, to talk about the process from script to set.

Samm is an eight-time feature film producer, whose films have premiered at Cannes, Venice, Sundance, SXSW and who’s film Island of the Hungry Ghosts won best Feature documentary at 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. He’ll be going over everything from schedule, budget, casting, locations and more to get you prepared for day one. He’ll be sharing his decades of experience and helping you avoid common mistakes made, as you get ready to shoot your film.



What You'll Learn


  • Why to schedule
  • Breakdown
  • Shooting demands
  • Day and night shoots
  • Setups per day


  • Where is your cash coming from?
  • Turning time into money
  • How long do things cost?
  • Contingency
  • Your fee
  • Running out of money & what to do

Story Boarding

  • Visualization of each scene
  • Planning time
  • Helping with cast and crew


  • How do you find great actors?
  • Screen tests
  • Interviews & auditions


  • Where to look
  • Letter drop?
  • Tips to help you get locations
  • Format


  • Where to get equipment
  • Specialist needs
  • Insurance


  • Who is doing what and why?
  • Results of the tests
  • Recommendations
  • It's not what you know

Physical Production

  • During breakdown
  • What to learn from read throughs
  • Research


  • Paperwork
  • Teche recce/scouting
  • Rehersals
  • Hire agreements

Q&A with Samm!

About Your Instructor

As lead producer at Third, Samm has eight feature credits to his name, these include coproductions with Sweden, Germany and Australia. These have premiered in Cannes, Venice, Sundance and SXSW and have featured at London, AFI, MoMA Docs as well as countless others. Recently, in 2018, his feature Island of the Hungry Ghosts won best Feature documentary at Tribeca. He is a member of BAFTA, EAVE and ACE. He sat on the Short Film Jury in Berlin 2010 to award the Golden Bear. He is a group leader for EAVE, Feature expanded and the Venice College Cinema. He also delivers training for Creative England, Film London, Arts Council England and FACT. Samm has been a patron or board member at several film festivals and is also a film academic.


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