Fundamentals of Film Preparation

1 Posted by - April 2, 2014 - Press

If you have had any experience with making films at all, you’ll probably know that the preparation of the film is not a simple task by any means. In fact most of the time, it’s done very sloppily or without enough care for detail, especially in pre production. This lack of preparation has many possible causes, and many more consequences. I have outlined five steps that I use to avoid these crises and prevent harm to the production of your film.

First off, always be early. As the saying goes, early is on time and on time is late. Don’t be late and preferably don’t be on time either. Being  on top of every part of the process will save you lots of time later. Have your script written months before and have it edited and conceptualized in your head during those months. You want to maximize the time that’s available so that you can specify and attain what you want for our vision.

Secondly, have a set budget that you will need and attain all the materials necessary for the shoot. Try not to overspend on what you don’t necessarily need; review your budget to cut out anything that is unnecessary or that could be borrowed or made. Be objective and stay with the itinerary.

Third, set a schedule. This has to be one of the most important tasks that you can do and that can make a difference between an excellent shoot and having no usable footage at the end of the day. Make sure to have each day planned out with specific goals in mind for the technical side, the acting side, and the actual filming itself, and always remember to check your props/gear/etc. It may seem like needless effort, but it will prevent loads of effort in the future, and can save your project entirely.

Fourth, have the vision of your script clear in your mind; basically what the film looks like frame by frame. This is key so that you are organized in what shots you want and what style/message you want to convey in each different shot. It’s all about the “how” with the script; the execution. Make sure you discuss with your whole production team the vision that you want to achieve. They won’t know what it is that they have to do unless you tell them. Conceptualization of the script=purpose of the production and crew.

Fifth and finally, this may sound cliche, but have fun! Literally, this is one of the best jobs and opportunities that one can do or hope to do in their lifetime. Don’t waste it with any deficiencies. Give it all you got, but have some enjoyment with that effort. It’s all about the attitude that you bring into production. So overall, be productive and positive!

Well, that’s all I have for you in five short tips. I hope you enjoyed this and implement this into your film productions. I wish you best luck and success.