Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Preparing for post-production, part of Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Production.
- Another backwards thing I did in pre-production was to…start post-production, especially with the visual effects.…Actually, this isn't that unusual.…Visual effects can take a very long time,…And while it's not a good idea to finish…entire effects shots until the film is edited,…it could really help to get a head start.…For example, I knew that this demon…would need to be modeled and textured.…There's no reason to wait on that until we're done filming,…so I hired a 3D artist to start work…on the demon as soon as I could.…Then when I was ready to do the compositing,…the model of the demon was ready for me to use.…
And actually, our original 3D artist David Heumann…had a huge family tragedy, so I ended up…needing to give the project to Shaun McNeely to finish.…Had I waited until post-production to start the model…of the demon, this would have caused…a painful delay in our schedule.…But since I started early,…we didn't take that much of a hit at all.…And again, while in pre-production,…I would start lining up your post-production team.…
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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