Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Making concept sketches, part of Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Production.
- Another big part of creating our visual style…was utilizing concept sketches.…Concept sketches help the production…have a unified and clearer idea of concept,…and serve as a template for other artists to use.…So I hired Brad Singley,…a buddy of mind that's just a masterful artist…and UX designer.…I hired him to create The Assurance design…and Goh Hoten the Demon…For The Assurance, I knew I wanted a girl…standing at the edge of a tall plateau…with her arm raised.…I also knew that I wanted something crude and iconic,…as it would need to be something…non-artistic people could draw.…
Drawing The Assurance was almost like…a form of worship, so it didn't need to look polished.…It shouldn't look polished.…Case in point,…this is the awful, primitive drawing…that I gave to Brad as a reference.…The first iteration that Brad drew…was a little too beautiful and elegant.…It also had too many details,…especially in the face.…I also wanted it less of a profile like this…and more from behind as I knew the final shot would be.…So I had him do another revision on burlap…
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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