Filmmaking: Preproduction - Save Time, Money and Sanity
Every hour spent in preproduction can end up saving one around two hours in production and three hours in post production time.
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There are several good articles on filmmaking already on the Worship Tech Director website ... among them, just posted over the last couple of weeks:
Filmmaking: Story Is King, but Structure Is How You Tell It, by Nathan Von Minden
Filmmaking: Smartphones Do Have A Place, by Eric Bramlett
Filmmaking for Churches: The How, The Why, The What, by Taylor Shanton
I would like to expand on one of the commonly mentioned aspects of a video project: Planning.
What does this mean… specifically?
Once you have your script, interview or concept created in your mind or as a team, a way you can save yourself a lot of time and headaches is to take it to the next phase called Preproduction.
This is where you break down your project into the nuts and bolts of how you will make it happen.
When I started in broadcast television, I heard a colleague speaking with a producer about how every hour they spend in preproduction will save them two hours in production and three hours in post production.
Each phase of production becomes more expensive (time, money and resources) if you need to fix things that you didn’t anticipate before you started. The old saying “fix it in post” is still the most costly place to try to salvage your vision for the final presentation.
You may be thinking, “I’m a one person band! I don’t have time for this!” or if you have a crew, “I can explain it better once we’re on-site.” Then you find yourself running out of time and not capturing all that you wanted.
Let’s refer back to Eric Bramlett’s excellent May 16, 2016 article: Steps Every Video Director Should Take as our outline and add some additional details.
1) Scout the location
Audio: Pay attention to the natural sounds in the environment. One of the most commonly overlooked details is how your audio will be affected by what else is going on in the space, such as: HVAC noise (can it be turned off?) appliances, road and air traffic, old fluorescent fixtures or office background noise.
If you are doing audio yourself, close your eyes and listen for a minute, or if using your phone to capture location sounds as you shoot a 360-degree reference. Better yet, bring your audio person with you, so they can plan on the best way to capture audio or inform you that you will have that noise in the background and there’s not much that can be done about it. This way, if you have other location options, you may want to choose those instead.
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