Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Planning for contingencies, part of Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Production.
- So, you've created the perfect budget.…You've budgeted for production,…post-production, for the screening,…and for marketing the film after the film is done.…But that's not all.…You still should set aside a bit in the budget…for unplanned expenses.…On every film I have ever worked on,…there is something that pops up at the last second…that no one saw coming that costs extra money.…If you don't have funds allocated for unexpected expenses,…then the money that you use on those unexpected expenses…will undoubtedly come from…either the post-production budget or the marketing budget.…
And that will be a decision that you will regret.…We set aside tons of extra money on The Assurance,…and I was so glad that we did.…The initial budget I had to work with…was $6500 for production costs.…Yet, with my previous short films,…like Empathy for the Devil and Godlizza,…the budget was negligible,…maybe a few hundred dollars.…So, to me, $6500 felt like a small fortune.…But I still tucked away…$1500 of the budget for unexpected issues.…
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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