November 9, 2016 at 11:57PM, Edited November 10, 12:15AM
5 Tips to Keep in Mind as a Producer for a Short Film.
We all know the excitement that comes with making a short film. It's your chance to show the world what your made of and who you are. But of course, when making a short film, there is a lot to keep in mind.
This past weekend, I was a producer for a short film at my college. We had over 40 crew members and only 5 cast members. That being said, here are 5 tips to keep in mind as a producer for a short film.
1. BE ORGANIZED.
Although this may seem obvious, it is still important to remember. Organization is key. Keep in mind that although the film is the director's vision and the captain of the ship, you need to make sure that there aren't any icebergs in the ships path. In addition, your future self will thank you for your organization when filming comes along. Currently, the way I keep organized is having a binder divided into 5 sections: Scripts, Casting, Production, Meeting Agendas, and Miscellaneous Documents.
2. ALWAYS HAVE MORE THAN 1 OPTION
People always say, that two is better than one. And in film, this holds true. It is always important to have back ups because not everything is going to end up the way it's suppose to. If you're a veteran filmmaker, you can attest to this. That is why it is important to have secondary actors, locations, props, shooting days, etc. For example, with the film I just produced our first choice actress for the film, couldn't make it, but luckily we had a second choice to choose from.
3. BE PROFESSIONAL
This is extremely important. Especially if you are an indy filmmaker. It is important to act professional, so that the professional actors you hired want to work with you again. In addition, it is important to make sure that you know what your doing, and no one is sitting around. It would be a waste of your own time and the talents time if you spend the entire shoot trying to figure out who to set the white balance on the camera.
4. BE EARLY TO EVERYTHING
As Producer, it is important that you set the standard for the crew. You are the role model of the entire crew, so it is important that you are always the first person at the shoot, the meeting, etc. In order to accomplish this, make sure that you get their at least 15 minutes before the scheduled time.
5. THANK YOUR CAST AND CREW
It is important to thank your cast and crew for all their hard work. If you're like me and you are not paying anyone it is important to thank them in food or by giving them a hand written thank you card. It is amazing how much this does to boost set morale. Finally, a hand written thank you note, let's the person know that you care about them and the work they did.
Keep these 5 tips in mind next time you make a short film, and watch how smoothly the film runs.