June 10, 2016 at 11:13AM


Need advice for my first real Indie Short

So i have just finished a script for my first official short, its a horror film around 20 pages long.. i have a location already confirmed and i am in contact about renting a camera for the week of shooting. for a little background i have worked on several indie sets but had never done anything myself with more than 2 people working on it. so thats why i consider this my first real short. i want it to be as legitimate as possible so i am just looking for advice and or any tips for the steps that i can take to make sure the project gets completed to the best of my ability. i am planning to shoot in late august and i know i will not have much money to fund it, i have a bunch of equipment already but i know i will be needing more and i will want to try and pay the people i work with at least something, even if it is small. so any help anyone on here can give me will be greatly appreciated. just starting out and from what i have learned it is a grind, but a grind is what I'm prepared for. Thank you to everyone in advance!


Hello Lucas!
Is there anyway you could specify the things you believe you will need help with? That would make it easier for people to come and help you.

June 16, 2016 at 3:11AM

Herman Delgado
Filmmaker, Editor

Delegate. Give your team real responsibilities.

June 18, 2016 at 8:20AM


Rule number one: Safety. DO NOT put your cast or crew at risk for a cool shot. If the sequence in your film is complicated from a performance or technical aspect, rehearse it before you're standing on the set. Rule number two: Don't break any laws. Rule number three: Feed your crew. A well fed crew is a happy crew. Rule number four: Surround yourself with solid crew members (and a good DP can get you a deal on camera gear or bring his or her own). Rule number five: Listen to your crew (and cast). My motto is "Best Idea Wins." Presumably you're the director so you'll get all the credit for a great idea anyway, but be open to them. ALWAYS have a plan, but be prepared to improvise if the blocking doesn't work or the location doesn't fit your vision or the weather changes. Also, with that in mind, have cover sets (meaning if you're meant to shoot exteriors and it starts raining, you can move to interiors and keep working). Finally, enjoy it. Keep things light. Have fun.

Side notes: If what you end up having to pay people is so miniscule as to be somewhat embarrassing, you may be better off offering copy, meals and credit and kicking more money to food and craft service. Also, you have a 20 pages script. Try to get that down. Unless most of your script is taken up by the action lines, 20 pages equates to 20 odd minutes of screen time and, unless your short comes out brilliantly (most don't), 20 minutes is just too long. You'll have trouble getting programmed at Festivals with that runtime.

Good luck on your project!

February 23, 2017 at 5:06AM

Shaun OBanion

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