June 7, 2016 at 8:59AM


Quick Reference Card: Quiet on Set... Sound Ready, Camera Ready... ACTION!

Here’s my free quick reference card Quiet On Set!. You can download various sizes and file formats. It is optimal to be displayed on mobile devices. Templates are also provided so you can customize your own card. This procedure is referred to as “calling the roll“.he best thing about the Quiet On Set! card is that it provides a step-by-step procedure for the shooting sequence.

Download in many formats, so you can customize for your requirements (Creative Commons Licensed).


I messed up on calling the roll on my short films many times, especially with audio not rolling.

It clearly states when to wait… until the camera or sound person is ready. Your film crew will experience a procedure which is smooth, methodical and never rushed. A smooth consistent work flow will vastly reduce the chances of something going wrong.

I don't think professionals will find this that useful, but for amateurs working with inexperienced crews, this may help a lot.

This card will fit easily into any camera or equipment case. It may be displayed in a plastic badge holder.
You might want to hang the cards in convenient locations such as on a tripod or light stand for easy access. See the image gallery for the “wallet size” version.

Comments and suggestions welcome.


thanks for the post. i will save this for future reference!

June 8, 2016 at 2:39PM

Mark K.

Just wanted to add that this normally isn't a director's dialogue, but rather the 1st ADs. I know the response is going to be "But on our budgets, there aren't 1st ADs" but they're some of the most important people to have on set. Other than that, great quick reference!

June 10, 2016 at 12:17PM, Edited June 10, 12:17PM

Aidan Gray
Director of Photography Assistant Camera | Gaffer

Thanks Aidan.

I have updated the card to Revision #2 - with some things to check at the top (lighting, continuity) and made some formatting changes.

- https://whatyougottoknow.com/quiet-on-set-revision-2/

NOTE: You can download a Micro$oft Word file (or copy a Google Document template) to customize your own card.

Comments are welcome

November 15, 2016 at 11:25AM


I use the card with my students this week, it went pretty well. The updated version did have a few good checks at the top.

November 26, 2016 at 6:47AM


I have release this under creative Commons Cicense, so it is free for anyone to use for personal or commercial uses. I think the back of the card could have specific instructions for audio, video, cameras and recording devices. I have put the quick reference card on my iPhone, and I find that most convenient. A JPEG is provided on the website for used with smart phones.

September 2, 2017 at 11:26AM


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