Preproduction
Film Team Assembly in the Digital Age

Film Team Assembly in the Digital Age

The traditional filmmaking model required that each film employ an entire team of people to ensure that a film was seen, including production, distribution, and financing teams.  Now, when media has been democratized, more channels exist for filmmakers to get their films seen outside of the traditional model.  Even though it’s possible, it’s prohibitively difficult...
Audition And Casting

Audition And Casting

No director can make a film without actors.  Putting together the right cast is one of the key elements that determines the quality of a production.  For the layman, the casting process remains shrouded in mystery.  There are vague notions of starry-eyed actors entering a mysterious room, then emerging moments later, either elated or defeated,...
Everything You Need to Know Ahead of Time

Everything You Need to Know Ahead of Time

Hire a costume designer. You will need to meet and talk with the designer and really get to know his or her background. Costumes You should ask a lot of questions. Is the designer knowledgeable about the era in which your film is set? Will the designer provide you the kind of costume detail you...
The Location

The Location

Once you’ve done your initial location scout, you and the art director will want to look at the locations one last time before you decide to film there. This is just one last check to make sure that everything is the way you want it, and also to see if anything has changed since you...
Setting the Scene: Sets Vs. Locations

Setting the Scene: Sets Vs. Locations

When it comes to deciding how you want the world in your script to be translated to the screen, few things are more important than designing the right set, or picking out the right location. The artistic vision you have for the film should decide whether a set is built to your specifications, or you...
Before You Can Start Recruitment And Organise For Film Production

Before You Can Start Recruitment And Organise For Film Production

After you have decided what film you are going to make and you have obtained in their entirety the rights to that film property However, before you can start recruitment and organise for film production, it is essential that you consider the following points: Product placement One way of saving precious cash on the all-important...
Assigning Team Roles to the Producer, Director and Writer

Assigning Team Roles to the Producer, Director and Writer

Much research has been done into how teams should be put together for maximum efficiency, and one of the most important factors is the attention given to assigning the right people to the right roles. By looking at a system of business team roles, we might come to better understand the positions of the producer,...
Important Questions to ask During Pre-Rehearsal Script Analysis

Important Questions to ask During Pre-Rehearsal Script Analysis

Before rehearsal day, a lot of script analysis needs to take place. This analysis can take many forms, but a variety of questions need to be answered to get the job done right. This process can happen individually or as a result of a brainstorming session between the creative minds on your project. Group Analysis...
Goals of Script Analysis

Goals of Script Analysis

There are almost as many ways of analyzing a script as there are actors. No two actors are alike and each one will take something different from the process. Consider the process of two Oscar winners, Meryl Streep and Anthony Hopkins. Meryl Streep has said that she reads a script once and lets it penetrate,...
Film Production Management: Finding Suppliers

Film Production Management: Finding Suppliers

As the film production manager, you are the person who needs to make all the moving parts of a film work together, including any special effects shots. Follow the guide below and you will be well on your way to executing successful special shots that audiences will not forget. How to Find the Right Supplier...
Before the Shoot: The Process of Script Development

Before the Shoot: The Process of Script Development

I have just spent three months negotiating one writer’s agreement, where not a word has been written on the script. By the time we lawyers have finished I sometimes wonder if they will still want to work together. (anonymous media lawyer) Others in the film industry, from writers to producers to executives, probably feel similar...
Prop Use In Rehearsal

Prop Use In Rehearsal

If the scene being rehearsed is that in which a character’s arm is being bandaged after being attacked by a feral cat, the scene should be approached with certain questions in mind. First the central aspect of the scene should be observed; if the point of the bandaging is to establish an emotional relationship between...
Filmmaking: Shaping the Scene

Filmmaking: Shaping the Scene

While analyzing the script, the director should have an image of the emotional structure of the scene as well as the physical structure. Along with the central emotional event of the scene, the director should have envisioned: the hand gestures of the characters, where the furniture in the room will be placed and the position...
Behind The Scenes - Film Departments And Staff

Behind The Scenes – Film Departments And Staff

As in other industries, office staff and people behind the scenes in media production work to achieve a common goal – to get the final product completed in the most effective and in media production, whether for T.V. or movie sets, is no different. In the Office Office staff are people you can find in...
Location Management For Production Mangers

Location Management For Production Mangers

The location chosen for filming is an important consideration for the Production Manager.  The location serves as the backdrop for the entire film.  Typically, shooting on location is less expensive than building a set.  Another benefit of shooting on location is that the cast will be able to interact with an authentic landscape. Many factors...
Streamline Your Film Hiring Process: Organize Your Start Pack

Streamline Your Film Hiring Process: Organize Your Start Pack

The accounting aspect of filmmaking is one of those relatively unpleasant but absolutely necessary tasks. Each member of your crew, as you hire him or her, will need to fill out a variety of important financial documents in order to facilitate payment, not to mention aid in proper tax documentation. The Production Coordinator can make...
Makeup with HD

Makeup with HD

The introduction of HD brought with it a fresh set of challenges for makeup artists. Some of these include Hiding facial hair is more difficult with HD. Sponges and brushes are used less frequently and more carefully because they can leave telltale ‘brushstrokes’ which can be picked by HD. Airbrushed makeup is more popular with...
Makeup and Costumes for TV

Makeup and Costumes for TV

One of the first lessons a director learns about shooting is that natural scenes do not always render the same way on screen. A nose becomes larger or a forehead appears more prominent. Breathtakingly beautiful people suddenly appear less impressive under the unforgiving effects of artificial light and a focus camera. It is a common...