# Build your Production Report as 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.
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.
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 More Filters button, you can define the time frame to display the information.
For example, if you want to focus on a supervisor, for example, for a specific month, you can select its name, 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.
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.
You can also display data as Counts. This way, you'll see the exact number of assets / shots / frames with the percentage per status.
Export this page as a
.csvtext file and import it into spreadsheet software.
# 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.
If you unfold an episode, you will see the percentage of each take and the evolution of the retakes VS validattion.
It helps you to see the progress of each episode task per task.
Usually, the first episodes have many retakes, but it should get better then. Something is wrong if you notice that a late episode still has many retakes. And you can speak about 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.
You can also display data as Counts. This way, you'll see the exact number of shots / Frames with the percentage per status.
Export this page as a
.csvtext file and import it into spreadsheet software.
# 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.
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 is not yet.
You can use the filter -Done to filter all the tasks except those finished.
You can now see all the late tasks with the two filters applied, meaning they are not validated before the Estimated Due Date.
You can see the sum-up at the bottom of the page, which update 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
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.
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.
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.
You can return to the Tasks tab for more details. Kitsu will keep your filterd 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.
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.
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 have plenty task to do, he may miss the deadline, if he only have the not started to do, there is still a chance. But you need to keep an eye on thoses 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 is underestimated and too difficult 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.
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).
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 is changing with each version.
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.
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.
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.
# 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.
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.
# 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. And if something looks not right, you can click on the asset's name or shot and go to the detail page.
On the detail page, on the top left of the screen, you have the sum-up of the asset/shot life. You have the detail of each Status, Estimation, duration, Start and due date, and assignation.
# 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).
In this example, Kitsu has weighted the daily quota linked to the timesheet.
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 splits the done frames among all business days between the start and the end and grabs the number of frames (or seconds, or tasks) submitted per day/week/month per Artist.
You can click on a number and see its detail 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.
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 important, 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.
Once everything is good at the day level, you can change the Detail Level from Day to Week, Month, and Year.
You can also see all the Production you manage at once or view Production per Production.
And as with all other pages in Kitsu, you can export this page as a
.CSV file and open it on spreadsheet software.