1. Preproduction v
vp1-1. Five skills
vp1-3. Keeping track
vp1-4. First impression
vp1-5. Successful scouting
vp1-6. Words of wisdom
vp2-1. Five production skills
vp2-2. Pep talk
vp2-6. Words of wisdom
vp3-1. Five skills
vp3-3. Grading and graphics
vp3-6. Words of wisdom
vp1-1. Five Preproduction Skills
Making a movie requires several different skills. Traditionally, each one has a career. However, technology has dramatically simplified these skills. So today, a trained amateur can do every one of them.
What you will learn
In this chapter, you’ll learn five preproduction job skills that help prepare a project. That includes the producer, researcher, coordinator, accountant, and writer.
The producer hires the team and is responsible for their performance. If you’re working alone, you’re already the producer.
The researcher provides all the raw data for the producer and the writer. The researcher finds possible topics and collects details and contact information.
The coordinator is a movie term for secretary. You schedule shooting locations plus backup plans in case the first one doesn’t work.
Your biggest job is anticipating the budget and managing the expenses. For sure, you should be keeping track of them.
The writer lays the foundation for the story. So if you’re not already a good writer, become one. You’ll benefit from this skill your entire life. With it, you can:
To improve your video, there are five crucial preproduction job skills to understand, even if you’re a one-person band making a one-minute movie: producer, researcher, coordinator, accountant, and writer.
Paying attention to their responsibilities is part of building your preproduction movie plan.
Wow! That is a lot of stuff to do - if you want serious professional work.
But do not worry. Making short, simple, and fun videos are much easier and can be just as professional.
Make a 1:00 - 2:00 minute video about which skills might make the most sense for your project and explain why. There is no right or wrong answer.
We will review each skill a little more because even the simplest videos can benefit from each.