Join Eduardo Angel for an in-depth discussion in this video Editing the pre-shoot, part of Video Pre-production for Low-Budget Films.
- As soon as we finish pre-shooting, we couldn't help but just get the computer, load Premiere, dump the footage, and start cutting right away. You could even cut your footage, your pre-shoot, on a cell phone or a tablet, but it's more efficient to do it on a laptop. At this point I'm importing all the footage, and I'll do a very quick edit, extremely rough, no transitions, no music, no gradient, none of that. It's just organizing the shots and have a better understanding of if there are any gaps in the story and how to compress it and how to make it stronger.
When editing the pre-shoot, don't forget that we're dealing with shaky handheld cell phone video, so just don't try to massage the edit with transitions and sound and color. All we need to do is try to recreate a version of the storyboards with moving images. This is the time to look back and compare the shot list, the storyboards, and the actual footage, and see if the sequences are working. Are the transitions between shots working, or do we need more cut-aways or camera movement? This is also a great opportunity to eliminate shots.
What we really care right now is, is the story clear to the viewer? And even though the script, and we have been working on the script for a while, it's very clear on paper, we realize that the ending is not as strong as we would like to. The point of this exercise is to see if the story works. Where can we simplify the plot? Which details are missing? Et cetera. And once again, forget about equipment and lighting at this stage. The story will tell you the equipment you need.
Emmy-winning director Eduardo Angel knows the importance of spending adequate time and resources in pre-production. In this course, Eduardo takes you behind the scenes, through the actual pre-production process of an ultra-low-budget film, sharing real-life insights from concept to distribution, while exploring the apps, tools, and challenges that go into each and every decision. He also looks at the most essential pre-production tasks, so you'll know what you need before you step foot on a set or arrive at your location. Eduardo shows you how to work on a shoestring budget, without compromising the integrity of your story, and even how to pre-shoot the entire film.
- Developing the concept
- Creating a treatment
- Constructing the story
- Writing and enhancing the script
- Visualizing the story
- Strategizing the story
- Financing the project
- Scouting locations
- Assembling cast and crew
- Breaking down the script into a shot list
- Funding a film test
- Pre-shooting and editing the pre-shoot
- Selecting the right equipment
- Creating a production schedule
- Prepping the talent
- Conducting the shoot