You could estimate some parts, like equipment rental fees or transportation. P.O.V. Vice President Cynthia Lopez. Whether you’re using a shot list template or a shot list software like StudioBinder, you’ll want to work with your director, AD, and DP to finalize the daily shooting game plan. Holding table reads and rehearsals weeks before shooting will ensure that when the camera is ready to the roll, your cast will be giving the performance your movie truly needs. When I think about some of the political films that we put up I think, Oh my God, what a challenge it is! However, I must take issue with a couple of points in the article Pre-Production Checklist. There are plenty of resources out there for you to get “going rates” for crew and equipment. There is a very slim chance that film will ever be released. Shot by shot, scene by scene, you must outline as well as you can what will be needed to fulfill the camera image and movement for each cut. For more info, check out our articles on hiring a location scout in New York and LA, and on how to location scout on your own. Have a safety meeting with the safety manager. Lopez advises to start photographing at the film's inception, even including production meetings.If you have no still photography you're left with two choices: Return to the scene of the crime for representative photography or generate photographs from the film. The pre-production checklist is not intended to be a complete outline of all pre-production duties on a project, however, may be used as a guideline of duties that are particular to shooting projects at Regent. For investors to finance a project (even if it’s funded from the filmmakers’ own bank account or if from family members) the money must be placed into a separate bank account in the Production Company’s name. Now is when you and your team are really starting to figure out how to make a movie. I’m glad to see Studio Binder making head roads into the production market long dominated by antique, difficult to use, yet well-entrenched production software. That being said, there’s no moving on to the serious work of pre-production until you’ve settled on the script you’re going to buy. Action?". You never know until you start working with the permitting office. Besides filling in crucial positions, this first stage of crewing up adds energy to your effort and gives you the confidence to push forward. Says Lopez, "Get someone you trust to take pictures so you look at that picture and say, Wow, that's a good impression of who I am! Here we go! You’ve got to have room for makeup trailers, for the right number of restrooms, and so on. This day (or days) of tech scouting can also serve as an opportunity for every department to go over needs and concerns. "What we try to do is dissect the film and figure out, OK, who's going to be that sympathizer?" Some movies can be pulled off with a cast of two and a skeleton crew, while others require a colossal cast and crew of dozens. It’s list building time again. This is why keeping a comprehensive list of all prior crew you've hired is wise. He had his photos, he had the idea for the poster. Get ahead of the curve on organization here. More specifically, the screenplay is important because it tells you: So, Item One in our master checklist: have a finished script in hand before you try to move onto other details of the shoot! "Luckily the intrepid publicists who specialize in documentary (and there are few) are a strange breed, undaunted by difficult subjects and difficult campaigns. And, very importantly, you need to procure production insurance. Instead, they’ll turn to non-union cast and crew, many of whom are just starting out or otherwise building their portfolios and connections within the film industry. This will all help you ensure you have the right cast, one that has an ability to impact audience the way you want them to. The first full creative step since you locked your script. "2) Energize Your Distributor and Your Publicist Your publicist will tell you the real selling begins after you sell your film. There’s always more prep you can do, and I encourage you to do a lot of it. You can also ALWAYS make a budget without forming a business. The vast majority of professional film productions use some form of scheduling software, and this is because it is one of the most valuable tools in film. What you shouldn’t (cannot!) Often in indies, each individual can wear many hats. The key is simply to do it! And he was available for anything we asked. Interviews with the cast and key creative personnel. This is a good time to scour your crew contact list for anyone you've worked with in the past that you'd want to bring on. "With documentaries in particular the publicist has no proven path to follow for marketing a film; every film poses a brand new problem and has the potential to find a brand new niche audience. Also: virtually all rental houses will NOT let you use their equipment without insurance. Book thousands of unique spaces directly from local hosts. So button it up. Don’t leave cables lying about! Before hitting the accelerator make sure to grab a pre-production checklist for your upcoming tasks. If you’re newer to the production game, things could take a little longer. "10) Make Time in Your Schedule for Press Often a publicist's biggest problem is tracking down the overextended filmmaker. Other movies might require you to have 50 red stallions lined up for a shot one day, and an Olympic pool’s worth of large-mouth bass lined up the next day. While this list might seem daunting if you are fairly new to the biz, there are many people who are able to check off every box on the list in just a matter of weeks. Storyboard/Mood Board Templates. Says Magdael, "I look at every film as individual; you've got to, especially with a documentary. StudioBinder is a film production software built out of Santa Monica, CA. Then join our online film school, complete with a comprehensive filmmaking course. I will also add what should be obvious – rehearsals. It’s all good: limitations can create great art, too. These are the final steps and they’re the glue that holds the movie together, literally. By now, you should have an exhaustive list of all the equipment you’ll need for the film.