Preparing for the 48 hour film challenge
4 Weeks Prior to Event
Identify Producers - Reserve locations
Identify Writers - Review Hero's Journey
Identify Editors - Create folders on Server
3 Weeks Prior to Event
Identify Director - Cast Actors
Identify Camera Op - Assist with Casting Directors
- Both should identify equipment & lighting needs and reserve equipment
Producers should review the list of other positions & begin assigning roles.
Once you are assigned a role...LEARN IT WELL!
Here is a list of crew (small crew) with links to information about their role within a film. There is so much more about each of these positions, but this will give you a basic start.
Producer - Preproduction / Equipment / Set Management / Time Keeper
Writer - Scriptwriter
Director - Actor Performance / Shot list
Script Supervisor - Makes notes on script for editor
1st AD - Manages Shot Lists, Roll Calls, Communicates to Crew
Camera Op - Equipment, Shots
1st AC - Equipment, Focus Puller if necessary, Camera Report
2nd AC - Slate
Boom Op - Manages mic placement
Sound Mixer / Recordist - Operates sound recording device. Communicates bad/good audio to 1st AC to add to Camera Report
Gaffer / Lighting - Sets up and strikes lighting as requested by Director / Camera Op
Wardrobe / Hair & MakeUp - Identifies best costumes, hair and makeup looks for the film
Set Dresser / Prop Master - Acquires set pieces & props for each scene. Manages items on set.
PA - Helps where needed on set.
Graphics / Titles / Credits Editor - Creates Slates, Graphics, Titles, and Credits for Editor
Editor - Logs footage, builds sequences into a film using editing software. Exports to the proper format.
Music / SFX - Identifies music and sound effects for Editor
BTS / Documentary - Photographs behind the scenes activities
Walkie Talkie Lingo - Walkie Talkies are how we will communicate. Learn how the lingo!
More details can be found on Indie Film Hustle.
2 Weeks Prior to Event
PA Academy - The basics of Walkie talkie Lingo and expectations of PAs
1 Weeks Prior to Event
Producers should have a schedule in place. This will be a production meeting to include CALL TIMES, potential WRAP TIMES, LOCATIONS.
Review positions. Complete & sign paperwork.
FRIDAY - Meet 30 minutes prior to release of info. Call times and expectations will be posted for everyone. As soon as we receive the info, the two writers will begin writing the script. Director and Producer may be present.
SATURDAY- Call time should be around 9:30 a.m. with first shot at 10:30 a.m. Wrap for Saturday should be no later than 8 p.m.
SUNDAY- Call time is 9:30 a.m. for Producer, Director, and Editors. Deadlines are usually around 7 p.m.
Producer & Director should go through ALL paperwork to ensure they have everything required for submission.
Most challenges have the information on a website. Visit the website and go step by step.
Teams lacking in required information will be disqualified. Don't make this production a wasted effort.
Plan a screening of the film for the cast and crew.
DO NOT release the film until it has gone through the festival circuit.
That's a WRAP!
More Resources to help you Prepare!