November 9, 2015 Solo assessment: Bringing it all together

Many solo shoots shot are reviewed by someone else, with detailed constructive feedback provided to the Shoot Producer. This helps the shooter improve. As  a Contract Shoot Producer who’s almost completed their training, you’re about to start receiving shoot reviews for your shoots.

By making a Shoot Review of a recent shoot yourself, you’ll have a clear understanding of what makes a shoot good – all the small parts you have learned about come together – and you’ll gain an appreciation for the work that goes in to a shoot review!


Download this 9-page (13.2Kb, MS Word .docx) Shoot Review template file.  Add your name in the filename, in the indicated place. This will need to be used twice, once for stills, once for video.

Download this Excel (10kB) Shoot assessment calculator, to enter assessments into, and calculate a final assessment for the shoot for stills and video separately.

Download the shoot media (Stills and video) for the solo shoot of Stephanie P. Video should be 30m 49s. Stills should be 162 for the main set, and 104 for the Dressing Room.

Download the Solo and Technical assessment areas PDF. These dictate when a 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 shall be awarded.

Have a look at a sample shoot review. This shows the amount of detail expected.


Review the shoot’s stills and video, then assess each area, against the established assessment criteria. Make notes on each assessment area.

Reference relevant image numbers and video timecode, for example for stills:

 081 Excellent use of clothing...

And for video:

@12'23" Excellent use of clothing...

This helps the Shoot Producer (and others who may read this review) identify the peice of media the comment relates to.

These facts will be required to fully assess the shoot (these are stored in the PPCMS for this shoot);

  • Video
    • Posing Level: Nude
    • SUBA selected: Pert breasts
    • Must-Have: 83% Missing, “breast in profile” and “nude pubic region” are missing.
    • Max Posing-Level: 62% at model’s highest level (nude). Expected 50%.
    • Sub Tech, Additionals: no need to assess the Tagging video, it’s not currently online.
  • Stills
    • Posing level: Nude
    • SUBA selected: Pert breasts
    • Must-haves: 81% (expected 100%). Missing “full body nude standing” (attempted but her feet are soaking to the bed) and “in underwear front, square on” (attempted but her right thigh was framed out). “Breasts in bra” was not counted, model did not wear a bra.
    • Max posing level: 30% at highest posing level (expected 50%)

Reminder that “Max posing level” is part of the “Pose variety and exploration depth at highest level” assessment area.

Limit comments on technical areas – while they are “easy” to talk about, far more important is the quality of the solo assessment areas – these are what our customers care most about! Make a maximum of two comments on each technical area, if any are even necessary (if a technical area is assessed as 1 or 2, comments justifying why are necessary, but if assessed as a 3, no comment is necessary).

The Shoot Review template downloaded above has a lot of details in-line, to help a Shoot Reviewer (you) make meaningful notes. But, once you have used that information to guide your comments on the shoot, it just confuses the shoot review to be submitted, so delete all guide comments, before submitting your review.

example shoot assessment edit

ABOVE: the guide text for commenting on “Sexiness, not Continuity” assessment area. Delete the orange text, before submitting (but after writing your feedback).

There’s no pressure to assess the shoot highly (or lowly): just make an accurate and honest assessment, based on your understanding of the requirements and what the shoot is.

Once the Shoot Review notes are complete (typically, these are ~2,000 words, but that’s not a target!), add the assessment number – always integers of 1, 2 3, 4 or 5, as cued by the Solo Assessment areas and Technical assessment areas linked above – for each assessment area. Decimals, like 3.5 are not permitted.

Then, add the assessments to the shoot Assessment calculator spreadsheet. There will be two rows used, one for stills, and a separate row for video, as indicated by the rows labelled “S” and “V”. Note that different assessment areas are “weighted” more or less heavily, and weightings for stills and video are different (have a play to see what contributes most to the final assessment most).

shoot assessment calculator example

Above: A screenshot of the Shoot Assessment calculator spreadsheet. For example, enter the Stills assessment for “Pose variety and exploration depth at the highest level” in the cell marked with a red x. Only enter data in the yellow cells.

Consider the final assessment numbers for stills and video (the spreadsheet calculates a weighted average, different for stills and video), This is the number that dictates shoot payment, so nominate how much this shooter should have been paid for this shoot.

solo shoot assessment pay rates

Re-read these instructions just before you submit, to ensure it’s correct and complete. Clarify any questions with your Trainer, before submission.

Submit your work to your Trainer for review and feedback.


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