Paperwork doesn’t have to suck

 In Pre-Production


Budgeting, schedules, contracts – doesn’t it make you cringe? Paperwork is the enemy of creativity. It gets in the way of doing it now. It’s confusing and sometimes unnecessary. Paperwork sucks… Well, not really.

The trick is: don’t think about it as paperwork or admin or red-tape. It’s all part of the process of filmmaking. There’s a huge gap between finishing your script and shooting it. There’s a lot that can go wrong in that gap. Ironing out the creases, sorting out the problems and finding solutions before the shoot day will help you make your film a reality.

We always say: “There’s no such thing as problems, only solutions.” (We actually do say that a lot)

If you’re just starting out making films or studying, learning these procedures and correct practises will set you up for when you finally work on a large set. You won’t need to do detailed schedules or budgets for your short film, but going through the process and ticking the boxes will help you regardless.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll share with you our Pre-Production process in 5 parts:

  • Breaking Down Your Script
  • Scheduling Your Film
  • Budgeting 101
  • The Shooting Schedule
  • How to Read and Write a Call Sheet

Each ’lesson’ will show you the basic steps of each process that can be used on the smallest shoot, or expanded to the largest blockbuster. The principles are the same, but we’ll focus on short films – that’s what we do best and what you’ll be doing best too. We’ll even give you free templates you can use that aren’t super boring.

Our blogs have a comments section below, so we’d love to hear your feedback. If you share the love, we can get into lessons on how to shoot your films, then editing.

All the best, keep creating, and you’ll hear from us real soon. Tim & Pearce.

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