Pre production checklist

The process of filming is a long one and incorporates considerably more planning and preparation than one may suspect. From my past experience if this is not organised well, a lot may go wrong. In a group there are a lot of thoughts and opinions flying about and if these are not thought through, organised and communicated, the end product will not be a success. When exploring tips to make this pre-production process easier and more efficient for the future, I came across the Pre production checklist made by Video Production Norwich company, Lambda Films. Which outlines three fundamental ways to ease a process that can turn out to be quite stressful otherwise. These included, scripting, storyboarding, and a treatment making the final intentions of the project clear.

Scripting and storyboarding are important in the pre-production of a project, they ensure that there in a vision and plan for when it comes to the filming. They both deal with fundamental features of the filming process. Scripting is important to make sure that all the required material is covered, whether it is a well created script leaving no room of improvisation or bullet pointed topics of conversation. Scripting is not just used for speech but can also be used for movement, to portray a specific message through the gestures of the actor or actress. Scripting and storyboarding are relatively similar, one dealing with the people/person being filmed and the other handling those behind the camera, shooting the action. Storyboarding allows a visual for the various shots that could be used throughout filming, so that everyone included has a clear understanding of exactly what the final product will look like shot by shot, and also so that shooting on the day runs easily.

Looking back at when I started becoming interested in filming and production I did not appreciate the worth of storyboarding until it was far to late – on the day of filming when things got very intense and stressful with the deadline fast approaching. Without a planned storyboard the day was very unorganised and unenjoyable. I have however, learnt from past mistakes and since then have made sure that a well thought through storyboard always features in the pre-production process. It proceeds to grow and progress all the way through the entire planning period to make sure that we are all satisfied with the end result.

As the LAMBDA video says, another significant area of pre-production may be to create a treatment outlining the intention of the project and intentions so everyone included agrees what the final aim is. As I have previously said and cannot stress enough just how vital it is to have everyone on the group on the same page and working together.

Pre-production is important for the coordination of what is going to be filmed and includes several phases that cannot to overlooked (as I learnt). It effects the whole filming process and helps make your life easier in the long run, with efficiency and ease when it comes to shooting.

Further information and advice for pre production planning can be found at this other video marketing blog!

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