Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Scheduling the shoot, part of Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Production.
- In this chapter, we're going to look at how…to create a schedule for your shoot.…If we're smart about the way we schedule our shoots,…we can keep the cast and crew happy,…and really get the most out of the time and money…we've spent on production.…Let's start with how much you can shoot in a single day.…This is a tough one to predict, and frankly,…I'm not sure how the pros do it accurately.…It seems like every set I've been on,…unforeseen mishaps happen all the time.…But the general rule of thumb on indie film sets…is you could usually shoot about three to five pages…a day, with three pages being safer,…and five pages being pretty aggressive.…
This all depends on what is being shot, of course.…For a big common area scene, it was a complex scene…that required a lot of different camera setups,…camera movement, unique angles, choreography,…trick shots, and it took all day to shoot.…It was less than two pages.…But on the other hand,…I was recently Director of Photography on…So I Was Wondering by Rich Arum, a little short film.…
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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