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Preparation

How do you feel going into a project, any type of project, with very little preparation? Do you feel lost, pressured, and rushed? I know I do. I need time to read and absorb the material, prepare mentally, and gain the confidence to get the job done. This is most apparent with my writing and film making.

Personally, I need a coherent script before I can go any further. Coming up with an idea and going straight to storyboards leaves major gaps in my overall understanding of what’s going on. Even for a short film, I need a script to study and think about. Without a script, it’s harder for me to visualize what I want to film, thus making storyboards much harder to come up with.

Then going on set and trying to film from an idea becomes unnecessarily difficult. Take the time to prepare as much as possible, not just with film and writing, but with everything you do. How does everyone feel about working under pressure? Is it satisfying to work without proper preparation?

Everything Can Go Wrong

The lesson here is BE PREPARED! With a filming project, the bare essentials are as follows:

A polished, workable script.

A shot list and storyboards.

Locations mapped out.

And a plan to make everything run smoothly.

It’s not a great idea to get into a project without knowing what you want to accomplish. This applies to everything in life, not just film. This lesson hit a little closer to home this weekend, so trust me, I know what I’m talking about here.