I think there is a point in every short film production when you have to make a list of all the little things you don’t want to forget.
You have to stay on top of the little details.
For example, my new short film has a couple key props that can’t be thrown together at the last minute. Without proper planning, I wouldn’t be in possession of a photograph of our lead as a younger man. It may seem small but without a photo that works, the story suffers.
I have an old bag that’s perfect for the movie. However, I take good care of my belongings and it still looks like new. Not ideal for a man living on the streets is it? Over the next week we will be beating the hell out of it.
Little details applies to more than just props. It applies to shot listing as well. For instance, in the script, Cameron needs to pick up a dime. I won’t spoil much but it’s a looney now. It’s subtle change but I still have to make sure we have a looney on set that day.
Even equipment plays a part. Making sure you have tape stock and designing a work flow so the camera’s batteries never run out of juice is extremely important and shouldn’t be taken lightly.
How will we deal with light outside? How will we shoot the pivotal scenes that take place at night? These are all questions that need answers during the all important home stretch.
With the shoot so close I’ve stopped asking myself the big questions like:
- What’s the story about?
- Who will be in our cast?
- Where will we shoot?
- When will we shoot?
- Who will be in our crew?
I’ve moved on to more detail oriented questions like:
- How will my shots be framed?
- How will the film be paced?
- What facial expressions am I looking for in the actor’s performances?
- What subtle details can I plan in advance to enhance the film?
Am I paying enough attention to the little details?
Working out every tiny aspect of a short film is what it’s all about. It’s the point where you feel like you are truly making a movie instead of planning on making one.
Making movies is fun and I’m definitely having a blast.