Make A Short Film

To produce a short film on an amateur level is no easy feat; to make it successful you’ll need a loyal and strong team and you’ll have to be willing to spend time shooting – Rome wasn’t built in a day.
You will have to be willing to put in a lot of hard work, and it’s not about turning up, shooting a film and going home; there’s a lot of preparation before the filming even begins and there’s a lot to do when filming is completed.
Before you start:


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o    It’s essential that you have a full script before you start, you should also consider how many cast members you are going to need and where you will be shooting. You need to secure your locations and ask permission to use the land if it is private.
o    You should be sure that you can afford the project before you start. How you secure the money is completely up to you, whether you sell your most loved possessions, ask you family or ask an investor – some will help out and not take any money from your profits, they’ll just ask for credits on your film.
o    Consider how you’re going to fill the roles; will you ask friends and family or are you going to hold auditions? If you’re thinking of auditions you need to get adverts circulating right away. You’ll also have to tell them whether they’ll be paid and how much; if your budget won’t stretch far enough to pay your cast and crew then you’ll have to bribe them with food and tell them that they can use the film as part of their portfolio that they’ll use when auditioning for future work.
o    Equipment; you need to think about the equipment that you need and how you’re going to get hold of it. You might be lucky and have a friend who has it all but you might have to consider renting it out from your local digital store.
During production:
o    During filming you’ll be making sure everything’s ready for the future and making sure everyone is ready for their scene and that your locations are ready for your arrival.
o    Make sure you feed your cast and crew – especially if they’re working for nothing. Snacks and drinks should be available throughout the day but a proper lunch is extremely important. Whether you ask your mum or you do a barbeque, make sure they’re fed.
o    Remember that although it’s your film you’ll have to be willing to do even the smallest of jobs – don’t be a diva and get stuck in.
After production:
o    An after party is obviously the event that everyone’s waiting for; so make sure you have a good time.
o    You should set up a website dedicated to your film while it’s being edited.
o    When you’ve edited your film and it’s at its best you’ll have to find a company that will mass produce it as a DVD. You will need to think about cover art too.
o    Get discovered – find film festivals to send your film to. When you send your film out be sure to include a synopsis, actor, director and producer biographies. Also include some still shots of the film as if you’re film is liked then still shots will be needed as advertising.

This article was written by Katie Hill who was a pupil of the film school at www.bristolfilmacademy.com.

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