Pre-Production Overview

You’ve written a script and now decide to make an independent film. Even if your script is sold to a studio, it’s important to understand the pre-production process. The steps of pre-production can be daunting, but the more prepared you are before you start filming your movie, the easier the production schedule will be. Your cast and crew depend on the producers ability to create a great work environment for them to create the art that is your film. Learn the ins and outs of pre-production to aide in the collaborative process.

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Short Circuit: Talent – Tall Order for a Short Film

A buddy of mine, journalist and screenwriter Jeremy Burgess, recently co-wrote his first short film for production, Dead Saturday. He already had a director involved, they’d scouted out shooting locations, and they were looking to yell, “Action!” as soon as possible. Of course, there were some things they still needed… Like a lead actor… Generally, this would be where...

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Legally Speaking, It Depends – Clearances

The savvy writer should be aware that an important aspect to the cost of production is the procedure of clearing the script to ready the project for production. This isn’t a process of making sure the script is short enough to pass through a doorway. These are the legal and business reviews necessary to...

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From The Lens: 9 Visual Styles In One Shot

An important lesson I’m sure many film and videomakers have come to learn is that no matter how simple a shoot seems… It’s never really simple. I’d like to share my recent experience on a seemingly “simple” sketch comedy video I did for Ariana Seigel and Emma Tattenbaum-Fine, which is available to watch on...