In our previous blog, we discussed in brief on why planning is an essential element in film making and how it benefits the overall film production. We described in brief the various activities planned and how they are responsible in scaling up. Here, we shall describe our film production services, involving ourselves specifically into how movie direction benefits greatly by listing down every activity and what is needed to execute it. Specifically, this is related to shooting aspect of film making: when the lights, camera and action ring out and the scene is captured in minute details.
Story-boarding can help plan how you’re going to film a scene. Combining various storyboard drawing, a sequence of shots can be worked out which will aid directors in planning shots that make sense together. Following the 180 degree rule is a must for any Director who wants his work to make visual sense. Hence the story-boarding artist complies with this essential rule.
Once story-boarding is done, a recce (location scouting) becomes the next priority. The checklist for locations will depend on the following parameters:
- Space to get all the camera positions.
- Looking out for any potential hazards and how to reduce them.
- Determining Ambient light and whether to bring lights or reflectors.
- Looking out any interruptions, whether from crowds, trains, airplane landing etc.
- Looking out for any distracting background sounds if live sound recording is on cards.
- Determining sound echoes and what can be done to minimize it.
- Permissions available to film, the expenses involved and the duration.
Once the location has been determined, the next task involves determining the cast & crew. The remunerations of personnel are fixed as per industry standards, although it can vary from production house to another. Auditioning should be done vigorously; you don’t want to regret your decision later on. Once the cast is locked on, the direction part becomes much easier. It is important to make sure everyone understands and signs contracts or release forms before filming. This makes sure everything goes smoothly during the shooting.
Organizing the shoot is the next logical step, with detailed blueprints laid out like a carpet in the mind of the director and the DoP. Then you need to plan in detail what you’re going to film and when, and what you’ll need on each day.
A shooting schedule allows all planned production activities related to transportation, vanity van etc to be on the spot for every single shoot. Assistant Directors play a very important role in arrangement of every single detail into a shooting list essentials.
All these planned activities aid Directors very much, who can then focus more on the set, at the very moment when the first cut takes place, allowing them to extract meaning from every take they weigh against the demands of the script. The result is a work of art which must engage audiences from the very onset till the last scene.
At SP Cinecorp, we have acquired a knack for timely execution of projects. We look forward to new challenges everyday to keep ourselves energized for the day ahead.