Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with key crew in pre-production, part of Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Production.
- Most crew members are there only for production,…but some crew members will have…valuable knowledge and experience…that you'll need whilst still in pre-production.…These crew members should probably be hired much sooner…so they could be more involved during pre-production.…The first assistant director is, perhaps,…one of the most important team members to bring on early.…They usually help with the schedule and the budget.…The director of photography, or DP,…is also an essential person to hire early.…You'll wanna coordinate with the DP to discuss, you know,…the camera system that you're gonna use for production,…the visual style, to coordinate with the art department…on things like wardrobe, and help create the Shot List.…
You should also hire and meet with the art department,…as soon as possible, as they will have props to make,…or wardrobe to find or create,…or sets to create or dress,…and that stuff can, you know, take a lot of time.…It's also good to have meetings…for these people to coordinate together.…
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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