Plan a film
The Pre-production section of Making Movies Make Sense shows you how to plan and prepare your film. This plan a film section has 14 pages and includes information on:
- Developing an idea: see the excerpt below
- Creating a pitch: how to present your ideas orally to a film producer or other interested party
- Scripting: details of what to include in a film script with illustrated example
- Storyboarding: how to convert your script or idea into a working storyboard with illustrations
- Props and costumes: how do props and costumes build up a mood and show where and when the film is set
- Choosing a location: practical advice on choosing and securing permission to use a location for your film
Here is an excerpt from the Developing an idea page 1:
You need to decide on your story or message, and how to get this across to the audience. You can try making a ‘mindmap’. If the film is about facts, you will need to do some research. You can get information from books, the internet, newspapers or even face-to-face interviews.
Keep the idea simple. Short film is a whole genre in itself, so don’t try to squeeze a feature film into 4 minutes.
Show, don’t tell. Film is all about being visual; tell the story mainly in pictures and sounds, and don’t use too much dialogue. Some great short films don’t have any dialogue.