Coming May 2020  




  • Figuring out all the jobs that will need to be done and who will do them 

  • What it means to be a Producer (overseeing the all the details, budget, talent, and crew)

  • Planning for, collecting, and managing  shoot materials and equipment

  • Scouting and managing the Location

  • The importance of feeding people on the shoot 



   Breaking Down The Script For Production:

  • What you will​ need (set, props, wardrobe, etc)

  • Estimate of time needed to cover different shots

  • Scheduling crew, actors, and equipment in a limited time framework with limited space


  • What a Director needs to know and prepare

  • Developing a vision for the film

  • Communicating with your Team

  • Creative and technical prep (shot list / storyboards; directing actors; location, production design) 

  • Importance of Location walk through for planning

  • Setting up a system of communication on the Set for shoot day


  • Casting tips

  • Directing someone who has never acted before

  • Recruiting Actors with experience

  • Importance of Actor improvs

  • Incorporating Actor input

  • How to take care of Actors



  • Scavenger Hunt for set, props, wardrobe 

  • Importance of hair and make-up




  • Doing your own Camera, Lighting, and Sound for the first time

  • Where and how to recruit a free or low cost tech crew (also seeking experiences to grow)    

  • Script (and shot) continuity for editing



  • Logging raw footage and note taking

  • Tips for first time Editor

  • How to find Editor for small fee

  • Music and sounds for background 

  • Screening rough cut 




While still working on your 2nd Draft of your Script, if someone on your Team  is more interested in Production, they can start studying and bring notes back to the Team.



I really like the instructional youtube channel of indie filmmaker D4Darious.   He's practical and fun.   Here's two videos to start with.


'How To Shoot A No-Budget Film' (17 min)


'Top (15) Mistakes

Beginner Filmmakers Make'

As you view video, write list of (15) Mistakes!

There are lots of great how-to and what-is-it videos on YouTube for every craft involved with filmmaking.  Search any job you are interested in -- and  add 'for beginners'.   Also search the internet for articles.

'Film Crew Positions And Why'


Learn the names of all the jobs -- even if you are going to have a crew of three, with each person doing multiple jobs (like one person handling wardrobe / hair and make-up / props and food breaks!).  To know you have multiple job titles will help everyone be more organized and communicate clearer -- and you will make sure no job is forgotten ! 

'Location Scouting'

Picking your Location for your

shoot is  important ! 


Not just that the Location be free (or just about) and that you can imagine it as Set for your Story.  The article above has an embedded video leading you through the Physical and Technical needs of shooting in a Location.

'Producers Overview PDF'


We put together a written overview with links to online resources.  This includes free online forms for organizing your shoot, from Production Breakdown to Scheduling and Shot Lists.   


The free Scriptwriting software also usually has its own version of these forms.  If possible use the same software for your forms, as information will be more easily shared / filled in on different forms.


'What A Director Does'

'How To Develop Story Beats'

'Breaking Your Script Down Into A Shot List'


'How To Direct First-time Actors'


Understanding Editing will help the Director and Team prepare a Shot List and understand the coverage needed to avoid problems when editing. 

'EDITING: Crash Course'



The focus of your 1st Draft was simply to get a rough of your Story written.   With your 2nd Draft you worked on making the Characters and Storyline more plausible, and the surrounding World more visual and believeable.  


When your Story is solid and you are ready to think about how to shoot it, it is time for you to understand the difference between 'Story' and 'Plot'.  

STORY:  Describes who does what, the order it happens, and what it means to them.

PLOT:   Describes the way the Story is told and the order or sequence in which things happen in the Film.  

'Story Vs Plot' Video (3 min)


An example of plotting  --  a Film with multiple  Scenes might open with a Scene that is actually the last event that happens in the Story.   To tell the Story more effectively or artistically, you might rearrange the linear Story into different  segments and show it in a different order.  

You might open with a Scene of a Character after he has been attacked before you show the Scene with the actual attack – this is Plotting.

Because your Script is only one Scene long, you can't do things like this -- show actions out of the order they actually happen.


What you can do is rearrange the order that information is revealed.  Maybe in your 1st Draft a Character told another Character important and upsetting news early on.   


If you were Plotting the Scene to create more tension and surprise for the audience, you might hold off telling this crucial information until later in the Scene.   


Instead of the Character who has the information being the one to reveal it, something happens beyond that Character's control and the crucial information is accidentally revealed.




(just the sections that change)

Don't be surprised if parts of the Script continue to change as you shoot, and then as you Edit 

(cutting out or rearranging sections)