October 20, 2014 at 10:10AM


Tips on Pre-Production for 16mm short film

Hello filmmakers,
I am about to direct my 2nd short film for my film school, and it's going to be shot in 16mm film.
What would you advice me to do BEFORE shooting?
I already did a storyboard and I am working on an Animatic.
I plan to do a lot of rehearsal with the actors, shoot the rehearsals and put together that to create a rythm.
I only have 3 cans of film, so I'm not going to be able to count on a lot of retakes.
What else would you advice me to do so I can achieve the film with every shot in one take?
Thank you.


Hi. You can do it with two cameras or one camera with a long take. If you have only one camera, you can plan a long take, thinking in the edition but you don't cut between takes. The actors must to know that between parts must wait without cut, and you meantime, corrects zoom, and light and go on. Sound difficult but doing the think is more easy.

October 20, 2014 at 11:36PM

Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director

I'd suggest thinking about your location. Will there be neighbors making noise that could ruin the sound recording? Will you be under a lane of airplane traffic? I've been hit with both of these at some point and they tend to ruin perfectly good takes. Good luck with your shoot!

October 21, 2014 at 12:59AM

Daniel Finley

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