Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting inspired by reference materials, part of Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Production.
- When you're trying to figure out the visual style…for your film, the best advice I could possibly give you…is to get reference material.…Find similar projects that other people have done,…and see how they handled similar challenges.…For The Assurance I really wanted…to do something a little unconventional.…Most fantasy films feel like they're set in a mythical…version of the middle ages, so I wanted to veer…from that and create something more unique.…I wanted the people of this world to feel like…they were somewhat nomadic and lived off the land.…So I was inspired by Polynesian cultures a lot.…
As we talked about in the previous course on writing,…Polynesian cultures played a big roll…in the naming of the characters.…But Polynesian cultures are usually associated…with sunny and relaxed climates and I wanted our world…to feel a bit more harsh.…So I was also really inspired…by ancient middle eastern cultures.…Our council set up here was definitely inspired…by the tabernacle design from the old testament.…These pounds of burlap were meant to have a similar feel,…
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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