Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Allowing for potential issues, part of Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Production.
- No matter how thoroughly you plan your shoot,…there will likely be some kind of problem…that you didn't expect, that sucks up all kinds of time.…It probably happens on all sets regardless of budget.…Some of the most common that I've seen are…maybe a key cast or crew member that gets lost…or stuck in traffic; a vital piece of gear…in the camera department breaks or is lost;…there are communication errors,…where someone thought that another person…was bringing something to set;…problems with permits and locations;…the art department not having a set or property on time,…the list is endless.…
The weather is another big cause of surprises…that actually messed us up on The Assurance quite a bit.…A couple of weeks before shooting,…the temperature was in the 70s,…it was sunny, buds were blooming,…and it felt like spring had already sprung.…But because it's Seattle, we were prepared with tents…in case it rained.…But what we were not prepared for was snow in late March.…That just didn't even register in my mind as a possibility.…
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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