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February 5, 2015

by Dave Kendricken, nofilmschool

Production reports, call sheets, time logs, and schedules are a very necessary aspect of a shoot’s organization. On smaller productions with a limited crew, you may be responsible for producing these documents yourself. Thanks to a developer called ThinkCrew, you now have access to a tool that makes creating these production docs that much easier. It’s called Casper, and it’s a totally free set of templates for Microsoft Office Excel designed for production management. Dynamic scripting under the hood means Casper automates the process for you, filling in relevant data across multiple documents as you input it. Read on to check out Casper, plus some videos breaking down this useful toolset.


Here’s the info straight from ThinkCrew regarding Casper:

Introducing Casper!

Casper is an Excel workbook that contains a Call Sheet, Production Report, Exhibit G and Hot Cost Report. All of the documents contained in Casper talk to each other, nearly eliminating the need to retype data that you’ve already entered. The in-times from the call sheet are automatically applied to the Production Report, which in turn supplies out-time information to the Hot Cost Report. Casper can free you from the prison of your paperwork and allow you to get back to the rest of your job.

You don’t need to have any special knowledge of Excel to use Casper. The software is designed to be very easy to understand and comfortable to use. Everything just makes sense in Casper… which comes with an illustrated manual that covers literally every area of the file.

Casper Minimum System Requirements

Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011 if you have a Mac
Microsoft Excel for Windows 2010 if you have a Windows PC
Casper may run in other versions of Excel but it has only been tested in the above versions.

If you have Microsoft Office Excel 2010/11 but you’re not convinced Casper suits your needs, check out this brief demo of the workbook here and other information…


User Manual