Unfortunately, if you go forward with the filming process from here, you will be creating one of the biggest mistakes you can. You will be shooting without properly planning.
You think you aren’t getting anywhere because you haven’t committed to starting yet, but the real reason is that you haven’t completed the tasks necessary to begin. What do you need to do to change this and get your project up and running? Follow the tips below, and you’ll be on your way.
1. Write a Complete Script
You need to have a full script written from beginning and end, and you need to give your actors time to look over it and memorize their lines. Don’t fill things in as you go, don’t write “improvise” eighteen times, give your cast something to work with.
2. Create a Storyboard and Shot list
Along with your storyboard, you will want to create a shot list, which is basically a written representation of your storyboard. It should include every shot you want to get, along with additional details such as where you when you’ll be shooting. It also isn’t a bad idea to include who and what will be needed for each shot (cast and crew/equipment).
3. Do an Equipment Check
Note: It isn’t just about the camera! Make sure you have the proper lighting and audio equipment as well!
4. Scope Out Your Locations
During the scouting process you should take into account the following:
- Background noise
- Legality (are you allowed to film there?)
- Accommodations (is there a power source nearby? Bathroom?)
5. Gather Your Cast and Crew
Now that you have your project all planned out, you can reach out to potential cast and crew members. You may want to mention your project to potential candidates earlier in the process, but when asking someone to participate in your project, it is always better to have a full plan. That way, those you ask know exactly what they are signing up for, and you know that you are asking the right people to take part.
Before choosing your final cast and crew, make sure you are aware of each individual’s skill set. When you are starting out as a filmmaker, you may not think you have a lot of options, but there are bound to be plenty of people as interested in film as you are, you just have to seek them out.
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