The Pre-production Process (1c)

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October 2, 2012 by Andrew Bogatek

The Deadwood Fury cast on set. Photo courtesy of Trevor Parkins

Was there ever a time where you dreamt of making a movie? Did you ever see yourself writing or filming it? Did you let all your friends be in it? These were just some of the questions.

I was able to do all these things last summer, because my friends and I made a movie.

It was the end of March 2012 when my friend Trevor and I discussed making a horror movie over the summer. Neither of us made a full-length movie before and we didn’t know how we were going to do it. We just knew we wanted to make one. We wanted to do it for fun, but also for experience and memories. The two of us both had a passion to make movies. Not to mention, he was the only person I knew who had experience making movies.

Trevor previously attended Humber College for film studies in 2010. He spent his one year there learning about film techniques. Most of his schoolwork consisted of making short films. His ability to direct and edit movies improved over time.

I knew one thing was certain, filming this pic would be no easy task. Even though Trevor and I were very ambitious about the project, we had to plan the process out.

That’s when it came to the Pre-production Process.

“Pre-production Process is the planning stage of your shoot and occurs before the cameras start rolling. By creating storyboards, scouting locations, and figuring out the budget ahead of time, your production process will be free of unnecessary worry.” – Videomaker.com

Photo courtesy of: anemremog.blogspot.com

Photo courtesy of: anemremog.blogspot.com

Planning your shoot before the cameras roll is important because:

  • It gives you time to work on your script.
  • Selecting your actors (Trevor and I encouraged our friends to star)
  • Helps you plot out dates for filming scenes 

Trevor and I both understood planning the shoot ahead of time was beneficial for several reasons. Some include:

  • Taking into account the actors’ schedules over the summer.
  • Making compromises wherever necessary (i.e. rewriting a scene, reshooting a scene).
  • Providing all members of the crew the expectations when filming.

With the list of previously mentioned points, it’s crucial for a director to plan their shoot ahead of time in order to make sure their movie is met with quality and completion. If not, then the movie itself can potentially be a disaster.

As always comment, express, or cast your thoughts below!

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