The most important and challenging part of pre-production is finding the right people and getting them onboard.
After the success of Ryan Koo’s podcast series about his first feature, I thought, hey, maybe some of you out there aren’t ready to shoot your first feature, but were interested in starting somewhere else. And that’s what this podcast is about. Because a short film is something else entirely.
Last week I finished my first short film ever, The Guy, a project that took 1641 days to complete. That's four and a half years give or take. The first 1200 or so of those days were filled by me telling myself I couldn’t pull it off, because I didn’t know anybody who could help me produce a movie, because it would cost too much, because my script was too weird.
A short is a tricky thing, you don’t know how much time or money to invest in such a personal thing that nobody may even end up seeing, so a lot of people don’t even try. The point of this podcast is to get you to stop worrying and just try.
In this episode we cover:
- The key crew you'll need to get started.
- How to attract crew members to your project.
- How to create a proper lookbook.
- What to plan for on a location scout.
- Strategies in collaborating with your DP in pre-production.
- How to obtain the correct gear for your project.