Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating and testing props, part of Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Production.
- Another important component of the art department…is to make props.…Prop is short for property,…meaning something owned by a character.…Something is a prop when it is touched by a character.…For example, this torch is in the ground…and we never see a character touching it,…so that would be considered set dressing.…But this torch is in the hands of a character,…so this one is a prop.…It's important that props like these torches…are set up in pre-production…and are ready to go long before shooting begins.…Personally, I had never made torches before,…so I did some research about the best way to create them…and also about the dangers of using these homemade torches,…and then I did a test.…
I found a huge tree branch…and went out into my backyard after it rained,…and just lit it up.…I was surprised at how well my first test went,…mostly because I really suck at crafty type stuff like this.…But I did notice that it burned out really quickly.…I also noticed that flaming pieces of fabric would fall off,…which seemed kind of sketchy.…
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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