Terminology Tuesday – Day out of Days

Also known as a board or schedule, a DOOD is a chart used by a film or TV production to tally the number of paid days for each cast member. 

A lot of factors go into making these schedules. Predominantly: locations and contracted actor availabilities. 

Casting offices use DOODs for a variety of important reasons:

· To determine whether a co-star is a day player or on a 3-day/weekly contract

· To make sure that certain actor requests have been granted

· To know which outstanding roles must be prioritized, etc. 

Actors (and their reps) are always eager to know their exact shoot dates as soon as they are pinned or booked for an episode. But it’s important to remember that many times, productions aren’t able to have locked schedules up until a few days, sometimes even a day or 2 before the start of filming. Bonus: outside dates are the span of dates during which an episode or film shoots. 

How do you read a DOOD? Boards are broken down by when your work starts (SW), the days worked (W), days held (H), and when your work finishes (WF). An actor who’s DOOD says SWF means they start work & finish on the same day (they only work 1 day). Swipe for an example!

Especially in a post-COVID world, production scheduling is going to be incredibly fragile. 

✔✔ Make sure you do your part to 𝕔𝕠𝕞𝕞𝕦𝕟𝕚𝕔𝕒𝕥𝕖 with your reps and be open/honest about anything that may potentially be a conflict. 

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