Movie Making Basics
Definitions
Producer:The person who arranges the finances and hires the actors
Director:A person who supervises the creative aspects of a movie and instructs the actors on-stage.
Gaffer:An electrician who deals with lighting.
Grip:A stagehand who helps adjust sets and props and sometimes assist the cameraman.
Foley Artist:A sound effects person.
Story Boards:A set of drawings that show every camera angle for every shot. A typical movie would have thousands of story boards. They are used to help explain each shot to each person involved in making the project.
Script or shot sheet:Lays out each shot in order with the text on the left side of the page and a description of the camera position on the right. A line is drawn across the page under each shot.

How to make a movie production
(step by step and in order)

1. Pre production
A.Define the topic. Write down exactly what the movie will be about.
B.Do research on the topic, find out all you can about the topic.
C.Define all critical information, and write down the details. This list covers anything and everything that you want to put into the movie or script. It can include special equipment that will be deeded for a particular shot. This list will grow and change from day to day and in a big movie you may have a notebook full of lists for each part of the movie.
D.Create a working narrative, a script, by actually writing down everything that is going to be said.
E.Do a location survey, and decide where you are going to shoot the movie.
F. Get approvals: City, State, Fire, Police, etc.
G.The shooting planning. Divide the script into what part is going to be shot where and when.
H.Scheduling all of the parts with all of the people involved.
I.The preshoot prep ensures that everything gets to the right place at the right time.

2. Production (This is actually making the movie)
A.Meet with everyone to ensure that everyone understands the shot and what they are doing.
B.Set-up lighting
C.Set-up Camera placement
D.Set-up Audio: remember that in post production the video will be edited to the audio. The audio sets the pace and timing of your production.
E.Shoot log: Keep a record of each shot, your performances or activities
F.A Slate is clapped together at the beginning of each shot to identify each shots' name, date, and take number.

3. Post production
A.Post logging is a listing of exactly which shots are good, and in which order they are to be assembled.
B.Re-shoot (if necessary)
C.Edit audio
D.Edit video to the finished audio
E.Edit music
F.Review / approval
G.Re-edit (if necessary)


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