# Build your Production Report as a Production Manager

# Know Everything that is Happening in the Production

As Production, you need to know everything.

Usually, it's done by knowing everything by heart all the time. Meaning you can see that a status has changed because you remember the previous status and notice the change.

Otherwise, you could subscribe to all the tasks and be drowned by the notification, which will get you out of focus every time you stop what you are doing to read them.

The perfect solution will be to have all the production changes on one page, always up-to-date.

Welcome to the New Feed page.

Newsfeed Page

Here, you can see all the status changes minute by minute.

You can filter the list per Task Status, Task Type, and per Person.

If you click into a line, the comment panel will open on the right and give you all the information you need.

Newsfeed Page Comment

If you click on Show Stats, you will see the sum-up of the number of news, the total number, and the per status number.

With the Filters Builder button, you can define the time frame to display the information.

Newsfeed Page Detail

For example, if you want to focus on a supervisor, for example, for a specific month, you can select its name and then pick a date on the From box.

# Know the Current State of the Production - Short / Feature

As Production, the important thing is to know the status of your Production anytime, anywhere.

So once again, you can learn everything by heart or look at the statistic pages.

With the Sequence Stats page, you have access to the pie charts of the whole production on a single page, sequence per sequence.

The color scheme of the pie charts is the same as the status. So, with a glance, you know immediately what is the state of your production.

Global View Sequence

The first line is all sequences, meaning the whole Production, and the first column All is all the tasks simultaneously.

If you focus on this first pie chart, you have the exact state of your Production. If you need more detail, you can look at the rest of the line for a global view of each task type state.

You have the same level of information for the asset with the Asset Types Stats.

Global View Asset

You can also display data as Counts. This way, you'll see the exact number of assets/shots / frames with the percentage per status.

Global View Sequence Counts

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# Know the Current State of the Production - TV Show

You can access an extra information level on a TV show: Episodes Stats.

You have two ways to display data on this page. The first one is Retakes, the setting per default.

The Retakes display lets you see the number of retakes (back-and-forth) for each episode on each task type. Only three colors are displayed: the validated as Green, the retakes as Red, and the in progress as Grey tasks.

Global View Episode

If you unfold an episode, you will see the percentage of each take and the evolution of the retakes VS validation.

It helps you to see the progress of each episode task per task.

Global View Episode Unfold

Usually, the first episodes have many retakes, but it should get better then. But, if late episodes still have many retakes, something must be fixed. It's time to discuss the issue with the director and the supervisor.

The second option on the display of data is the Status.

This status display works like the Sequence / Asset Type Stats page.

Global View Episode Status

You can also display data as Counts. This way, you'll see the exact number of shots / Frames with the percentage per status.

Global View Episode Status Count

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# How to Know if a Task Type is Late

To know if a task a late, you need two things first.

  • Know the Task Type of the task
  • Enter an Estimation in number of days, and an estimate Start date and Due date for the task.

When done, you can compare estimation versus reality on the Task Type page.

Task Type Filled

You can do it in two ways :

  • By filtering Due Date Status
  • By looking at the Gant Diagram

Kitsu will automatically grab the date of the status of the WIP and WFA. You can now compare your estimate start date versus when the Artist really starts, and compare the estimate due date to when the Artist ask for a validation.

On the Tasks tab, the first filter you see is Due Date Status.

Set it to Due before today. Kitsu will display all the tasks with a Due date set Due Before Today.

Once this filter is applied, you must sort out what is finished and what still needs to be finished.

You can use the filter -Done to filter all the tasks except those finished.

Task Type Due Before Today

You can now see all the late tasks with the two filters applied, meaning they are only validated after the Estimated Due Date.

You can see the sum-up at the bottom of the page, which updates in real time depending on the applied filter.

You can export this page as a .CSV file and open it on spreadsheet software.

You can also use the Late Status filter built into the page.

With this filter, you can immediately see which tasks took more time than estimated Estimation over Duration

Task Type Estimation over duration

You can also filter which tasks are late with Due date is late.

We have two ways to calculate if a task is late, the first has estimated due date VS Feedback, and the second is versus Done. Depending on how you calculate it in your studio, you will always have the answer with Kitsu.

Task Type Late Feedback

On the Task type Page, go to the Schedule tab.

On the top part of the screen, you can see the Start and End date of this task type, as set on the production schedule.

The Gantt Diagram will be dark grey before and after these dates. Visually, you immediately know if you are too soon or too late.

Task Type Schedule

The final step is to change the Coloring. Per default, it's set on Status color, meaning all the bars will be colored as their actual status (blue = wip, green = done, etc.).

You will only see two colors with the Late in Red: Grey if the Task is still on time and Red if the Task is late.

Task Type Schedule Late

You can return to the Tasks tab for more details. Kitsu will keep your filtered from tab to tab.

# How to Know if a Task Type may be late

Realizing that a task is late is good, but knowing if a task may be late is better. As Production, you always need to be ahead.

On the Task Type page, use the Due Date Status filter.

Depending on how much you want to know, you can focus on the Due this week and the Due this month filters.

Task Type Due this Month

You now have a global view of what is happening next. Feel free to use the Status filter for a more precise view.

For example, if you are on the Due this week view, you may want to see if there are still Todo or Ready tasks. There will likely be late if a task needs to be finished this week and hasn't started yet.

To be sure, you must also check the amount of work assigned to the artists who haven't started yet. Go to the Estimation tab with your filters still active.

On the Estimation tab, on the right part of the screen, you will see the sum-up of your artists.

Task Type Due this Week Estimation

The first line is the total number of tasks assigned to the Artist since the beginning of the Production. The second line, Remaining is what the Artist has left to do.

If the artist still has plenty of tasks to do, he may miss the deadline. If he only has not started to do it, there is still a chance. But you need to keep an eye on those tasks.

# How to Know Why a Task is Late

Now that you know which tasks are late or will be late, you need to understand why.

There are several reasons why a task is late:

  • The Artist is overwhelmed and has too many tasks to do at the same time
  • There is too much back-and-forth on this Task
  • The Task needs to be more underestimated and easier to finish on time.
  • The previous Task was already late

To check how many tasks an artist has, you can filter the Task Type page with the name of the Artist under the Task tab.

Task Type Artist

You can also add the -done filter to see what the Artist has left to do. Then add the Due Date Status filter to Due previous week or Due this week (depending on what you are looking for).

Task Type Artist Fitlered

You can now see how many tasks your Artist has to do.

To identify the number of Back-and-forth, look at the Retakes column on the Tasks tab.

Each Red Dot is a retake. Click on the line to open the Comment panel and read the whole task history.

It's the best way to understand what is happening. The artist misunderstood the brief, or maybe the brief changed with each version.

Task Type Retake

The next step is to check if the Task is not under-estimated. You can go back to the global page, click on the name of the shot or asset, and see the casting and all the extra information.

Maybe there are too many characters in the scene, and maybe this is a big action scene.

Shot Detail Casting

Lastly, while you are on the detailed view of the asset/shot, you can check the previous Task. If you click on it, you will go to the dedicated Task Type page, and from there, you have detailed information about what was happening before.

# Estimation over Duration

It's time to focus on the big picture and have a global view of the Bid.

On all the pages, you can see the sum-up at the bottom of the page of estimation Person days VS the reality Days Spent.

On the global page of the shot, you can see the sum-up of all the estimations vs duration. But you can also use a filter.

For example, you can focus on a specific sequence: filter your global page with the name of the sequence, and you will have the sum-up updated at the bottom.

Global Shot Page Sumup Filtered

This way, you will know the estimation vs. duration for this sequence.

You can also do the same kind of filter on the global asset page.

For example, you can filter on a specific Asset Type as the Character.

Once the global page is filtered, the sum-up at the bottom will update and give you the estimation vs. duration for this asset type.

Global Asset Page Sumup Filtered

# Estimation over Duration for a Task Type

Now that you know how to see the global view, it's time to focus on details.

You can click on the name of a task type and notice that you also have the sum-up at the bottom of the screen with estimation vs. duration for this level of detail.

Task Type Sumup

You can get the global view or focus on a specific status or Artist's name. As on the global page, the sum-up will update at each filter.

Task Type Sumup filtered

# Estimation over Duration for an Asset / Shot

To go deeper into the details, you can display Estimation vs. Time (duration) for each asset and shot in Kitsu.

You can now see the sum-up of each Task for this specific asset or shot. If something looks not right, you can click on the asset's name or shot and go to the detail page.

Global Shot Estimation

On the detail page, on the top left of the screen, you have the sum-up of the asset/shot life. You have the details of each Status, Estimation, duration, Start and due date, and assignation.

Detail Shot Estimation

# How to Check Quotas

Kitsu has two ways to calculate the quotas per shot Task Type.

The first is linked to the timesheet : Shots are considered ended on the first feedback request. Then, quotas are weighted following the time spent on the task (when the Artist fills his timesheet).

Quotas stat page day weighted

In this example, Kitsu has weighted the daily quota linked to the timesheet.

Quotas stat page day weighted detail

If no timesheet is filled, then Kitsu considers that:

The task was started at the first status change to WIP.

The task was done the day the feedback request was made.

Kitsu will split the done frames among all business days between the start and the end and grab the number of frames (or seconds, or tasks) submitted per day/week/month per Artist.

Quotas stat page day weighted

You can click on a number and see its details on the right panel anytime.

# Check the Timesheet of the Team

All of the previous chapters are based on the fact that estimation and duration are filled for each task.

It means that everybody has to do their part. You and the supervisor will fill out the estimation, and your team will fill out the timesheet.

You can go to the main menu and see the Timesheet page.

Timesheet Global Day

On this page, you can see per day the timesheet of each team member, if they fill it every day, if they took a day off, and, more importantly, if they are doing extra time.

If you have a question about a timesheet, click on it and see the details of the Production, task type, and task.

Timesheet Detail Day

Once everything is good at the day level, you can change the Detail Level from Day to Week, Month, and Year.

Timesheet Global Weekd

You can also see all the Productions you manage at once or view Production per Production.

As with all other pages in Kitsu, you can export this page as a .CSV file and open it on spreadsheet software.