In order to make movies on your own, you'll probably want to gather assets to use in your film. These assets might be in the form of props, locations, sets, set dressing, vehicles, and more. You will no doubt have all kinds of amazing assets that you can use to increase the production value in your short films.
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- If you are like every other person in the world,…you probably have great cinematic stuff…all around you without realizing it.…You might have a quirky pet…or a unique prop, or live next to some…crazy, weird architectural structure,…or you might have friends or family…with these things.…If you're looking to tell a visual story,…there are probably all kinds of things you've grown…accustomed to that might be of interest in your film.…And if you develop the skill of finding great stuff to use…instead of buying it, that will not only make your films…more personal, but also save you a lot of money.…
If you want to produce a film, but don't even have an idea…for a story yet, look around and see if you can't find…inspiration in the things around you…that are quintessentially and uniquely you.…You could write a scene or an entire film even…about your action figure collection…or your three-legged cat,…or whatever else you have going on.…I'm actually kind of a nerdy guy, surprise, surprise,…so I own this sword and this dagger,…
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