Working With Sunfrog:
Working With Lists -
Importing a Script - Show
Information - Breakdown Items -
Locations - Contacts -
Schedules - Reports & Call
Sheets - Tutorial
Sunfrog Film Scheduling documents are organized
by several lists. On the left hand side of the application, you select
which list to display. The right hand side of the application contains
the specific item being edited.
On the left hand side, select one of the following lists by
clicking the dropdown button on the blue bar, or selecting the View
menu. Additionally, you can access the lists quickly by hitting
function keys F6 through F12.
Types of Lists
Information: This list contains basic information about the
production, such as the company name, show title, and episode or block
Items: Each Item corresponds to an item in the script
that is necessary to shoot the production. Breakdown items are
organized by categories such as Cast, Extras, and Props.
Each Location corresponds to a physical area where the
production is filmed. A Location may be in a studio or at a
"practical" (shooting a bakery set at a real bakery, for example).
Each Item may be associated with a Contact that is responsible
for the item. For example, a Cast Item will be associated
with the actor chosen for the role. Furthermore, each Location
may be associated with a Contact.
Sheets: One Sheet is normally equivalent to one scene,
but does not necessarily need to be the case. Each Sheet
contains a list of Items required to shoot the specified scene, and
a Location where shooting occurs.
A Schedule contains the ordered list of Sheets required
to complete the production. BFS supports the creation of multiple
schedules to explore different shooting plans. A schedule also
contains the production start date and a calendar of days off.
After the Items, Contacts, Sheets, and
Schedules are created, it is time to generate Reports to
hand out to the cast and crew. Double click a Report from the
Report List and a preview of it will appear on the right hand side
(Note - be sure select a specific Schedule first if you are working with
Note that there are several kinds of Breakdown Items.
Pressing Ctrl+F10 will make a new "Uncategorized" Breakdown Item, and
pressing Ctrl+1 through Ctrl+4 will create Breakdown Items in the
commonly used categories Cast, Extras, Props, and
Many of kinds of items contain lists or links to other
kinds of items. For example, each
Sheet contains a list of
Breakdown Items and a link to a Location.
Schedule is an ordered list of
To add a list of Items to a
Sheet, edit a
Sheet on the right hand side of the application, then select the
Breakdown Item List on the left hand side. Drag
the Sheet using the mouse. Use Shift-Click and Ctrl-Click to
select multiple Items.
At the top of the list pane the Find box helps you find
items in each list. Press Ctrl-F to jump to the Find box.
The current list will be filtered for whatever you type in the
box. If you are currently filtering items, the box's background will turn
to yellow in order to remind you that a filter is active.
If no items are found then the box will turn to red.
This is so that you won't accidentally think that your items have disappeared.
To see your items again, hit Ctrl-F and backspace to clear the filter.
A separate filter is tracked for each list. This is so
that you can filter for a particular actor in the contact list, and a particular
prop in the breakdown items list. (Normally it is not useful to filter for
the same text across all of the lists).
If you want to drill down by column, you can also click on the
filter icon at the top of each column and select a value to filter by. In
practice, however, the Find box will be the quickest way to find items in
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