Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Defining roles, part of Managing a Video Production with an iPad (2014).
Organizing and managing, a live action video shoot takes a lot of planning and supervision. Some people might say that this is the job of the assistant director. Depending on the size and style of your shoot, that might be absolutely correct. But for some shoots, the producer or the script supervisor might be responsible for planning and managing time on set. If you're a solo shooter, then you are responsible for all of this. In addition to running the camera, setting the lights for each scene, working with the talent, and everything else.
There're lots of different types of shoots, documentary, promotional, narrative, and more. And there's a wide range of different budgets and crew sizes. So in this course, I want to steer away from identifying who is responsible for each role. But it does definitely help to have several crew members responsible for different parts of the production process. I've developed these techniques as a producer and assistant director on several shoots. Whatever the size and style of your production, whatever your job title, this course is designed to speak to the person responsible for planning the shoot and making sure everything is running on time.
I'm also covering techniques for ensuring that valuable information from the shoot day is communicated to the editor, so that they can log and edit the footage properly. The iPad is the primary tool used in this course. It helps to have a desktop or laptop computer for some of the pre-production work, but the goal is that you can show up on set carrying nothing but an iPad and you can do your job, ensuring that the shoot runs on schedule, the cast and crew are happy and well informed and valuable information is recorded for the editor.
With that in mind, let's get started with managing a video production with an iPad.
With a handful of inexpensive apps and services that work with the iPad, you can create a very effective production toolkit. This course reveals the workflow that author and lynda.com content producer Nick Brazzi uses to plan and run shoots for low-budget productions and "no-budget" web series using iPad apps, cloud-based services, and optional desktop software. Find out how Google Drive, Dropbox, and specialty apps like Shot Lister, MovieSlate, Teleprompt+, and Easy Release can help you run a tighter ship and bring your production in on schedule and under budget.
- Setting up file storage and organization with Dropbox and Google Drive
- Dividing the script into scene and shot numbers
- Creating shot lists and a shoot-day schedule
- Creating call sheets to organize the cast and crew
- Using a physical slate or a slate app
- Using an iPad as a teleprompter
- Logging shots
- Compiling shot lists for editing
- Collecting signed model release forms with Easy Release