Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Securing locations, part of Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Production.
- When we were scouting locations,…our budget was $200 because that's about…how much a permit costs for shooting in a park.…And we thought we'd be shooting this in…a remote corner of a remote park somewhere.…But when we found the campsite we ended up using,…it was just too good to be true.…It was $500 dollars a day…and at three days of shooting,…that dipped into our budget reserves…but it was the perfect spot…and there really wasn't a better way…to spend our money than this.…So we wanted to book it as soon as possible.…To book it, we paid for the reservation.…
We also signed paperwork.…The people at the location…had paperwork they wanted us to sign…but we also had paperwork we wanted them to sign.…This is really important.…I hear horror stories all the time of filmmakers…that just show up to locations on the day of production,…you know, with all the cast and all the crew…and the rented gear and everything,…only to be turned away…because someone changed their mind at the last minute.…So be sure to get everything in writing way ahead of time…
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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