HOW TO GET STARTED ON YOUR FILM
To produce your film, do the following:
- Get together with one or two other students in the class to form a crew.
- Brainstorm ideas.
- Type a one paragraph “summary” or “synopsis.”
- Type a “step outline.” This is just a numbered list of what happens in your film. Be as detailed as possible–don’t leave out any plot points.
- Draw a storyboard. It should contain every shot you can think of. (Scroll down to the “Action Sequence” assignment below for the storyboard form. You can print and use this form.)
- Give your film a title.
- Type a “Pre-Production Packet” that contains:
- The pieces you’ve already completed–your summary, step outline, and storyboard.
- A crew list. You are strongly advised to share contact information with your fellow crew members so you can communicate about this project outside of class.
- A list of main characters, with a one-sentance description of each. (it may be just one character). Who will you cast in these roles?
- A list of locations. Where are you shooting?
- A list of props (items) and costumes you will need for your film.
- A list of equipment you will need to shoot your movie.
- A production schedule. Do you plan to shoot in class? What days? Outside of class? How long will it take? Look at a calendar with your crew to come up with a shooting schedule. Refer to my Calendar for Video Production I on this website to see the Short Film deadlines.