Carrying out the right preparations before you start making your film will make things go much more smoothly. It is sometimes tempting to jump straight into filming, especially when deadlines are tight. But doing the little jobs first should save time in the long run.
Here are our top tips:
Create a storyboard – even if you think you have everything planned out in your head, it’s a good idea to get it down on paper. This allows you to iron out any potential problems with continuity before you start filming and it also gives others involved in the production a clear idea of your desired end result.
Scout out a location – make a list of possible locations that you can feasibly film in, whether these are outdoor locations or just potential spaces in your office. Then make a visit to each one and do some test filming. There’s nothing worse than watching your finished film back and spotting a problem with the background.
Prepare your script – it might seem easier to make it up on the day but having a script in advance, even just a rough idea or bullet points, will save lots of time.
Source your props – look at your storyboard and make a list of every prop you will need so you can collate everything in advance.
Check the weather – if you’re filming outdoors, the weather can play a huge part. Look at the forecast when choosing which day you are going to film and remember that bright sunshine can be as disruptive as rain.
Brief everyone involved – ensure everyone knows what they will be doing before the day of the shoot so they can prepare beforehand. Make sure you tell your actors what they need to be wearing and if possible, give them a copy of the script too so they can familiarise themselves with it.