I know for a fact that 5 1/2 script pages can be shot in 12 hours without hurrying.
Today, it took us 15 hours (making yesterday our third 14+ hour day in a row) to shoot that 5 1/2 pages.
The director of this episode has been pulling a Warren Beatty*, which hasn’t been making him any friends – with crews, at some point the money ceases to matter and we just want to go home.
Long days are wearing.. After three of them in a row, the entire crew was punch drunk – bad third grade jokes set off 15 minute long laughing fits, and everyone had that glazed look. I kept remembering that line from Fight Club… “A copy of a copy of a copy”.. Conversations seemed tinny and far away, reaction times multiplied as our worn out brains took longer and longer to process information (“Look out, that light’s going to fall!” “What?” :crash: “Oh. The light. Whoops.”).
A very, very lucky few either found the coveted nap spots in the set or managed to sleep sitting up.
*On Dick Tracy, Warren Beatty was ordered by Disney to do fewer takes (he was doing over 30 takes on every shot) – so what he’d do was this: He’d call take one, then have the actors do the scene over and over and over until the camera’s film ran out. That way, he’d get the shot done 30+ times, but would technically only have done 8 takes.