Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Final thoughts, part of Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Production.
- Well folks, that's the end of this training series.…I appreciate you watching it.…You know, pre-production is so important.…It's really the last chance you have to perfect your film…before it's forever immortalized in footage.…It's also your opportunity to plan and prepare…for everything that goes on behind the camera.…It's impossible to anticipate every potential challenge…that could pop up…like snow in late spring, for example,…but the more you prepare…for every eventuality that you can think of,…the better you'll be able to handle any surprises.…The more experience you get,…the better you'll be able to handle these issues.…
Now, make sure that you take care…of your cast and your crew.…Be kind, do your best to make sure everyone is safe,…be respectful of your team and their efforts,…and their ideas,…and be a good steward of your locations,…and of the gear that you borrow or rent.…Most mistakes that I have made in filmmaking…have their roots in pre-production,…but it's the least expensive time to correct problems.…
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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