Thursday, 21 March 2013

What Crew do you Need to Make a Short Film

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Want to make a Short Film?

If so, good... because making short films is hard work but great fun and easier then ever to do.

Plus with digital technology you no longer need a small fortune and a team of hundreds to make a good looking short film. 

From my experience working on and making my own short films: this blog  will go into what crew you need to pull off a great micro budget short film. 

As with all projects on a tight budget you need to keep it simple, so the smaller and more enthusiastic the crew the better. 

The Crew:

This person puts pen to paper (finger the keyboard) and comes up with the who, what, where, why and when of the story. Plus of course works out and writes down the beginning, middle and end of the script.

 This person takes the words from the script and makes it happen in front of the camera (hopefully).

 Camera person: 
 This person makes sure what the director wants filmed gets filmed while making everything on screen look pretty.

Sound Person: 
You may not notice this person on set (as they are usually very quiet). A good sound person will literally polish turds all day and make a film sound and in turn look great.

Designer / Artistic Director:
On a micro budget film this person looks after all the "in front of camera stuff" - from make up, to costume, props and set dressing.

Don't get your mates to act. Use professional actors, the difference will be a more professional and engaging film. Most actors when fed, watered and warm are pleasant and up for a fun challenge.

 Producer / 1st Assistant Director:
This parson is often heard audibly tutting and sighing while looking at their watch. Its this persons job to make sure everyone and everything is in the right place at the right time and ensure the shoot WRAP's (ends) on time.

With a handful of talented individuals you can make great short films on micro budgets.

Why not give it a try? 

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Dom O'Neill

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