In creating The Assurance for the Creating a Short Film training series, conditions were artificially changed to create more challenges than we would've otherwise had. These include using the genre of a fantasy film, because this adds a lot of filmmaking challenges to the process, and shows a lot of helpful filmmaking problem solving to make the best training possible.
- Our short film, The Assurance,…was created specifically for this…training series on Lynda.com.…So in creating the film I had two choices,…I could do what I've always done,…put all my familiar tricks and make a pretty decent movie.…That would definitely help make me look…like more of the expert on the subject.…But I found that I actually learn way more on film projects…that don't go according to plan,…but we never get to see that.…We never get to see the first drafts,…the rehearsals, the rough cuts.…All we see is the final polished versions of movies.…So I decided to put some limitations…for myself on this films that would make…it impossible to do well and while this…was kind of tough on my pride,…I knew that it would make much better training.…
So, what were the limitations I put on myself?…Well, pretty much everything I've ever done…has been comedy, that's where I feel comfortable.…In my personal life, in my career, comedy.…So, for this project I knew that comedy…was then out of the question.…I just couldn't use it and I had to choose…
Creating a Short Film is a 13-part training series that features some of the best actors and crew in the Seattle area, sharing their expertise on how to create a brilliant short film. The series is not just conceptual; author Chad Perkins and his team make a short film, The Assurance, and share the actual struggles and challenges that they had to overcome to get the film made. In this installment, Chad covers the basics of producing, the process that kicks off every new film, and sees it through to completion. Learn about the role of the producer, the difference between producing shorts and features, and what you should look for when selecting a producer for your script—or when you're a producer looking for the next great film idea.
Make sure to look for the follow-up episodes to learn more about screenwriting, directing, working with actors, editing and visual effects, and everything else that goes into filmmaking. This is a one-of-a-kind educational experience you won't find anywhere else.
- Starting a film project
- Finding financing
- Dealing with legal issues
- Producing shorts vs. feature films
- Learning from failure