Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video About production design in cinema, part of Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Production.
- In the next few chapters, we're going to be…looking at issues pertaining to the art…and production design of your film.…This is something often neglected…by independent filmmakers, especially those…with a limited budget.…But it is so important.…Visual style was definitely important to our film,…because it was a dark fantasy,…set in a desolate world.…We used stylized versions of natural colors,…visual effects, subtle and static camera shots,…burlap, sparse sets, lush but foreboding landscapes.…All these things set the tone for our film.…
I love creating completely different worlds in my films.…And obviously, films with bigger budgets…do an amazing job creating unique visual styles.…I remember one of my most vivid…early film experiences was the…Rube Goldberg breakfast machine…It served no story purpose whatsoever,…but it set the creative, playful tone for the whole film,…and taught us a lot about the main character.…I still love that scene.…It's the best.…Or what about "Sin City?"…You could see a single still frame of that film,…
Learn how to prepare the assets, such as shooting scripts, storyboards, and shot lists. Discover how to schedule and budget a shoot, and keep costs down while leaving room for the creative decisions that need to be made along the way. Find out how to hire a crew, scout and secure locations for each scene, and prepare props, sets, and wardrobe for actors. Learn what you need to do to keep your people safe, and the things you can prepare ahead of time to make sure production and post-production run smoothly.
There are more filmmaking tips to be had! Make sure to watch the first installment to learn about the background of the project and to get an overview of the role of the producer. Look for the follow-up episodes to learn more about writing, directing, working with actors, editing and visual effects, and everything else that goes into filmmaking.
- Turning the script into a shooting script
- Working with script breakdown software such as Adobe Story
- Creating storyboards and a shot list
- Scheduling the shoot
- Budgeting the shoot and post-production
- Hiring a crew
- Preparing sets and costumes
- Scouting locations
- Creating props
- Preparing assets for post-production
Skill Level Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 04 Working with Actorswith Chad Perkins1h 49m Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 05 Directingwith Chad Perkins2h 27m Intermediate
1. Script Breakdown
2. Creating the Shot List
3. Creating the Schedule
4. Creating the Budget
5. Getting a Crew
6. Art and Production Design
9. Preparing for Production
10. Preparing for Post
Creating a rough soundtrack1m 36s
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