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you get a new digital video camera you are excited like Boo Boo the
jumping frisbee dog. You want to film everything that moves: Your
car, your friends, etc.. You want to play with the zoom, the different
digital camera effects, and try out the night shot function(if you
bought a Sony). But when you go back to watch your video, you realize
it's a bunch of camel dung that will only be watched once by you and
nobody else. When you are ready to build a film for others to see,
preproduction is your foundation.
is what comes before Production, hence the name. It is the planning
of what you are going to make and it involves a few essential things:
generating the idea, writing
the script, and planning the shoot.
want a chance to make sense of what they are watching.
this idea, "Ultimate Chinese Fight Movie 2001!" You'll do
fake punches and flips on trampolines. You call 5 of your best friends
to help. They all come. But when it gets down to it: you just spent
7 hours on a Saturday filming yourself and Fred rolling around in
the leaves. It looks like crap. But when your mom watches what your
did, she says "your so creative and full of energy." These
encouraging words help your mind to start thinking again instead of
being weighed down by the crap you just made. Next week you have another
idea. You call up your friends again, but all of the sudden they got
real busy. Soon you realize your friends would rather not dick around
while you wait for inspiration. It is at this moment you understand
the importance of pre-production.
you realize your friends would rather not dick around while you
wait for inspiration. It is at this moment you understand the
importance of pre-production.
is both a method and an art form. People like watching crisp video
over blurry video. They would rather watch steady video over
shaky video; they would rather watch a movie with a coherent story
line than a bunch of random video clips of you on a nature walk. If
the video is constantly shaky or blurry, people can't see what they
are watching and have trouble understanding what is going on. The
bottom line is people want
a chance to make sense of what they are watching. They don't have
to make sense of it immediately, but they want a chance to make sense
of it either now or in the future. Good planing and pre-production
is the start of giving them that chance.
When most stories are broken down to their most basic element these
are the components that you will find. Almost everything else is a play
on words, educational, sarcasm, or pointing something out that is disturbing.
If you go into generating your ideas with these three things in mind,
you will have a much better idea of how to create something that is
viewable to the masses.
- Introduce a problem
- Attempt to solve the problem
- Ask if the problem was solved.
next step >> Generating
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