Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video What should you pay your crew?, part of Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Production.
- What should you pay your crew?…That's what we're going to look at here.…But I should preface this by saying…that what people earn is a very personal thing…and in the world of independent film making,…a very inconsistent thing.…These numbers will vary wildly…by location and by project…so they are presented here…as the numbers we used…and should not be seen as the standards…that you should use.…To create the budget,…I sat down with Gavin Booth,…our first assistant director.…He took out a pen, paper…and just scribbled out the basics we'd need.…
I think both of us probably would have preferred…the cleanliness of doing this digitally…but this method was faster and it worked.…I used this little scrap of paper here…as a guide throughout pre-production…and would add to it as the needs of wardrobe got bigger…or we realized that our location fees…were going to be a lot more than we initially planned for…or whatever.…Now, you'll notice that some of the crew…are paid on the back end.…This is a term often used in the film world…
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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