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Re: FORMS: Reports - Getting people to read them
« Reply #30 on: Nov 13, 2010, 05:05 pm »
Once, my director and I (in high school, so the faculty director is in charge) were having trouble with our cast - we had really limited rehearsal time, 42 cast members, and they weren't reading their notes that were emailed out. He eventually started putting a password at the bottom of each email and asked for it at the next rehearsal. The consequence for not having the password was never defined, but it did solve the problem.
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Re: FORMS: Reports - Getting people to read them
« Reply #31 on: Dec 06, 2010, 02:05 pm »
The password is really clever! I usually just copy and paste the report into the body of the email so they literally just have to look at the computer screen. Usually if the cast isn't reading it the director can tell and calls them out on it. For the production team i found it helps to have something you need from them in the next meeting and then you can ask for it in the next meeting - if they haven't read it you can call them out on it easily. nobody wants to be caught not doing their best :)

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Re: FORMS: Reports - Getting people to read them
« Reply #32 on: Dec 06, 2010, 04:12 pm »
To ensure the cast was reading emails I sent (tech schedules, notes, etc), I started putting silly show-related links in...a Youtube clip of a German production of our show, for example.
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Re: FORMS: Reports - Getting people to read them
« Reply #33 on: Jan 09, 2011, 02:44 pm »
I do not send rehearsal reports to my actors, just the production team.
However, I do send daily rehearsal calls to actors. I am currently in rehearsals for a production of Lysistrata. The show deals with war and sex, so I decided to add a "sex fact of the day" to the daily call that gets emailed out and posted on the callboard. Yesterday was our second day of rehearsal, and several cast members came up to me to tell me how much they enjoyed the sex fact. One of my friends did Jungal Book (not the Disney version) and had an animal fact of the day for the daily call.

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Re: FORMS: Reports - Getting people to read them
« Reply #34 on: Jan 12, 2011, 03:35 pm »
Getting people to read  the reports was hard for me in my SM days, and I laughed when I saw the title of this thread, because as a film AD, the entire AD department is always complaining about people not reading call sheets.

To some extent, there is little you can do.  One thing I have instituted is insisting on confirmation - either in the form of email or text.    It adds a level of responsibility.

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