Shooting Ratios

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No, we haven't done the segment on Ratios for this DVD yet. That's still to come. But here is a real world example of ratios in action: Shooting Ratios--the ratio between how much film you use per minute of final product.

The last number I heard for Hollywood was an average of 20:1. They shoot twenty minutes of film per one minute in a movie.

This of course varies greatly between films. For instance, in the battle of Helm's Deep in The Two Towers, they shot hundreds--if not thousands--of hours of footage for that one 30 minute scene. In other films they will get a scene in one take and move on.

In think, over the years, we've averaged around a 5:1 shooting ratio.

For this latest MathTacular project we just finished our second hour of tape. I'm just guessing at the moment, but I think we're closer to a 12:1 ratio at this point.


I'm not totally sure, but my guess is that it boils down to:

  1. We're still getting back into our groove
  2. We have to teach and explain more
  3. The concepts are harder and so require more hashing out on our end
  4. And morale has been low or we're just tired

It's been a long first week. Hopefully we can recharge over the weekend and tackle this again on Monday with a renewed gusto.

May you have a very restful and joyful weekend.

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Expectant Father

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  1. se7en

    Cheer up! Hang in there it is early days!!! Life has a way of making us think we are producing lemons and the worse it feels the better the final product is. Try to the pressure of all the anticipating fans - I am sure the first one was the easiest because no one knew what was coming!!!

  2. Luke

    Se7en, thanks for the encouragement. We're still working away! <smile>


  3. Heather the Mama Duk

    You're still under average. Sorry to hear about low morale, though. I'm sure you'll all find your groove shortly.

  4. Luke

    Heather, we're still moving forward <smile>.