Produced and starred in a short film this weekend. Nothing was riding on this film, it was just a great exercise to go out and create. Here are my takeaways:
- Film is a visual first.
- Pre-production/strategy is vital. STORYBOARD, create a film schedule, plan out your shots ahead of time to save time.
- 48 hour creative competitions are a lot of work and a lot of stress.
- However, do set deadlines so you can force yourself to get out of your head and create.
- Start the editing process, EARLY.
- Start the rendering process, EARLY. Earlier than you would expect.
- Be picky about who you work with. Better crew, better vibes, better productivity, better outcome.
- Smaller crew = better productivity
- Things you should never skimp on: Talented acting, Hair/Makeup, Sound quality, Strong direction.
- Compromise. You may not see the vision at first, but try to be open. Beautiful things can happen when you release control and let another person take the wheel.
- Be flexible. Anything can change the day of the shoot. Revisit the root of the idea. There’s always another way to execute.
- For example, the director had a great vision of a camera pan, but because it was a low-budget film, we definitely didn’t have a dolly. He ended putting two towels on the floor and used the towels to slide the tripod on the floor. You would have never known the difference in the finished film.
- Married men who tempt you and conveniently leave out the fact that they have a WHOLE ASS WIFE, are the devil. lol.