Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Keeping cast and crew safe, part of Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Production.
- Making movies is a beautiful thing…but it can be dangerous, even deadly.…Even without the obviously precarious stunts…or explosion effects, there are tons of other safety hazards…that are a problem on almost every set.…And even if your set only appears to be dangerous,…police can be called and your production can be shut down.…Many low budget movies pay by the day…and work their crew ridiculous hours,…and then do that day after day.…This is dangerous because crew members have to break down…and pack up their gear at the end of the day…which can take another several hours.…
And then they have to drive home,…and drive back to set the next day.…That makes the drive home dangerous,…and increases the chances that someone is going to get hurt…with all the really heavy gear that's on a film set.…Crews need to be well rested to be safe.…Shooting at night can also be dangerous.…We had work lights set up for the crew…while they worked and set stuff up or broke stuff down.…People also brought headlights and flashlights…
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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