October 7, 2015 at 12:47PM


First Narrative Short Film. I must acquire ADVICE!

So I am setting out on the production of my first narrative short film. I've been making films for over 5 years now and have learned that you can never prepare yourself well enough. Ive read some amazing advice from people on this site and would love to hear whatever tips/experiences/ANYTHING that will help me as I begin production on this film.


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October 13, 2015 at 8:44AM

Alex Ferrari
Director / Producer

This is a a bit too general for me to know what to chime in with... but don't forget your gaffer tape.

October 16, 2015 at 9:55AM


This comment made my day.

Jayce Kolinski

October 18, 2015 at 2:04PM

Make sure your script is how you want it. It cost nothing to rewrite but a whole lot to re-shoot. Give your characters something to do, are they just standing around talking? Move them around a bit (unless been still helps the scene). Think about how you're going to shoot it. Are your dialogues just just over the shoulder, reverse? Remember that less is more. A pause in a characters dialogue or an inability to make eye contract says more then having them run out the room screaming bloody murder. That can go with acting as well... I think a lot of people over react. If your're shooting on a smaller sized sensor, shoot with a wider lens. I feel like my face is been pushed into the screen in some shorts (a wide is practically a close up). Do you need a close up? If a character bends down, comes back up with something in their hand, do you really need a close up of them picking it up? No, it's pretty obvious that they've picked something up. If you have a lot of shots and lighting set ups do what Sidney Lumet did. Shoot all the shots facing wall A, move all the lights to wall B and shoot that. It should save a whole lot of time, although you'll be shooting out of sequence. Try getting a bit of the previous shot in the one you're shooting so you can cut easier. You don't want to get to editing and realise you have a giant gap in time with nothing to fill it.
Good luck!

October 17, 2015 at 4:06PM


Thank you so much for all of your input! Still pretty overwhelmed at the moment hoping that everything goes smoothly!

Jayce Kolinski

October 18, 2015 at 2:06PM

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