Pre-Production is the tasks that you do before you start producing a film. This involved a lot of planning, time and effort to get it right. There’s a lot of stuff to do including getting the funds for the film, the location, the actors, the crew, etc. This takes a long time to do, especially when anything can go wrong from an actor dropping out to you losing all of your funds. That’s why, this process is usually the largest out of all three. In the pre-production process you need to write out the running order, the script, the call sheet, storyboards, etc. You also need to try and find where you’re going to be filming and look at loads of aspects such as power plugs, and recruit the talent.
From my own experience of filming at the National Emergency Services Museum, you have to do a lot of research on SurveyMonkey, the internet and doing a VoxPop, for Pre-Production to know exactly what the audience will be attracted to for the promotional video. We also had log sheets already made before we went to shoot so that we could easily identify which shots we’re going to use and which ones we aren’t. Also, when we were working on our own TV Studio production we made our own running order and script before filming, the running order helped the director as he then knew how long each VT and section was going to last for. Also, the script helped us all so that we knew roughly what was coming left, and it meant the director know when to put in a VT.
This is where all of the filming happens. This is usually the shortest process because, once you have your storyboard and everything in place, your film should go pretty smoothly and pretty quickly. Obviously, most films take a lot of time and effort, but in comparison to the pre-production, it’s usually a lot less time. You tend to have a log sheet with you so that you can write down which video and audio goes together and which is usable and unusable, so that when you’re editing/importing the video’s onto you’re editing software you know which ones you will be using, and which are just for the bin.
From my own experience I know that filming take a lot of retakes as you don’t always get your shots perfect, somethings either out of focus, or theres a little jolt. Especially when we did Jody and Spencer, because it was hard to try and get the shots to flow as well as we hoped (we realised after we had edited the shots together). Again, when we were in doing our single camera productions we ended up losing battery on our cameras on marantz kits, which is annoying as you have to take time away from filming to swap everything around (or you run out of space on your SD card). Also, from my experience on doing a multi-cam production I know that’s it’s stressful as you’re trying to get everything either perfect for you, if you’re the director, or perfect for the director.
This is the last part, where all of the editing happens. At this stage, the editors take the shots and put it all together to flow perfectly fine. But, before all of that they have to re-watch the takes to look for any mistakes that may have to be re-shot to perfect the film. It’s also easier to organise all of your shots into sections, even if it takes quite a lot of time, is saves time in the long run so you’re not having to look through all of the shots to find what you need. After that, you need to sync the shots that have audio together. Then you put them roughly in the order that you want, so that you have a rough idea. And then finally you start getting more into detail and into transformations and titles, or syncing it with the music and putting it in time.
From my experience, editing the Emergency Services Museum was quite annoying as I was trying my best to get all of the shots in time with the music, so that the video was as up beat as the music. It’s annoying trying to sync the audio and the video together as you have to watch/listen the shots before you sync them, so that I know which ones go together before syncing.
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