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
vp1-6. Words of wisdom
Besides my brilliant knowledge and experience, movie making, like real life, requires a lot of common sense. Here are some reminders to pay attention to things you may already know.
What you will learn
You’ll learn that studying an equipment manual can help you know what your equipment can do.
And yes, practice is something you do before a serious shoot, not during it. And yes, having backup support is better than not having it.
Anything here you don’t already know? We’ll review it anyway. It’s part of cultivating good movie-making habits so that movie-making becomes easy. Well, easier.
Special events usually require a press permit. Press applications usually get the benefit of the doubt the first time. Register in advance. It makes life easier. You will need a:
If you’re concerned with credibility, find a free or small publication that could use the content and trade accreditation for a small report.
You should know the unpacking and packing of your equipment by heart. When you put things away, put them in the same place every time.
You should be able to find everything blindfolded. Here are some things to practice. Be sure to time yourself:
Setting up and putting away
Do you know those equipment manuals that you didn’t read? Well, you might need to know some problem-solving stuff in an emergency.
You don’t want to be in the middle of a shoot with people waiting for you to figure out how to fix the thing. Know your equipment.
In a perfect world, you have two of everything if one breaks. Treat it right if you have only one item, and pray it always works. Backup is better. And that includes having a backup weather plan.
Movie making made easy means knowing your equipment by studying its manual, practicing, and having a backup.
You were most likely seduced into the fun world of movie making by the glamorous on set part of production. But don’t overlook the planning stages involved in preproduction. Think of movie making as a road trip.
If you take the time to plan it right, you can save yourself a lot of time and expense when you hit the road.
In 1:00 - 2:00 on video say some things about the special planning you think you might need for your projects.
If you do not have a project, tell about things planning can help.
And sometimes too much planning can hurt a project because you can miss new opportunities that suddenly are possible.