The procedure of filming is a long one and incorporates far more planning and preparation than one may think. From past experience if this is not organised effectively, a lot may go wrong. In a team there are a lot of ideas and opinions flying about and if these are not well thought through, planned and communicated, the end result will not be successful. When exploring tips on how to make this pre-production process smoother and more efficient for future projects, I found the pre-production checklist put together by LAMBDA films. Which outlines three fundamental strategies to ease a process that can otherwise be fairly stressful. These included, scripting, storyboarding, and a treatment making the final aims of the project clear to everyone involved.

Don’t get me wrong, I know the general location of what I’m looking for, I know my keys are in the house, or in the Norwich area… somewhere. I just don’t have the organisational skill or the magic wand to pin-point where exactly.

When I’m editing I often find I have the same problem. In one project I’ll have an extensive list of of unnamed sequences, audio tracks and a bucket-load of footage to contend with. Finding one short clip will become a ten minute long treasure hunt that only adds to the stresses of video production. What is easily forgotten is that there are very basic techniques that can be used to speed up the production process monumentally.

Scripting and storyboarding and writing a treatment are all crucial in the pre-production of a project, they ensure that there is a vision and plan for when it comes to the filming. They both undertake fundamental features of the filming process. Scripting and storyboarding are relatively similar, one dealing with the people/person being shot and the other dealing with those behind the camera, filming the action. Storyboarding is the practice of pre-visualizing a production through drawn, painted or rendered pictures called storyboards. In the past, storyboarding costs restricted the practice to productions with modest budgets. But recent software releases allow anyone to build storyboards using pre-created people, props and scenery. Most programs have multiple aspect ratios and import scripts, photos and scanned images for use as well.

Once you have a basic way of coordinating what you’re going to film, it makes the mammoth task of going through the footage and beginning to put everything together a lot easier. Then when it comes to editing you just need to take some initiative and sort the clips into relevant bins or folders. Unfortunately this is something I’m yet to learn, only when I’m tearing my hair out through editing related stress do I think “why didn’t I just rename that clip?”. I can only urge that you learn from my production woes and take some time to prepare, beginning with pre-production which will undoubtedly benefit you later on. That way you won’t have your housemates tidying up after you.

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