Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Budgeting for post, part of Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Production.
- After a film is done being filmed, production ends,…and a new phase, post-production, begins.…This is when the film is edited, colored,…the film score's composed, sound effects are added,…the audio is mixed, any visual effects are done,…and so forth.…I got my start in the filmmaking world in post-production…and I can tell you that almost without exception…nobody budgets enough for it.…Filmmakers often overextend themselves in production…and solve every problem with money instead of creativity,…and, of course, the funds that they use usually come…from their post-production budget.…
Young filmmakers seem to be particularly myopic…when it comes to the post-production budget.…Kind of like people right out of high school…with the big credit card.…It sure seems like they have a lot of extra money,…when in actuality, they're just borrowing from the future.…So, when the project gets to me, as a colorist…or as a visual effects artist or whatever,…I usually get this big sob story…about they just didn't realize…they would need this much money in post-production.…
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 Appropriate for all
Creating a Short Film: 04 Working with Actorswith Chad Perkins1h 49m Appropriate for all
Creating a Short Film: 05 Directingwith Chad Perkins2h 27m Appropriate for all
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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