The Filmmaker Files

Monday, May 16

It’s come to the end of the semester, which means the end of this blog. I’ve had a lot of fun and I hope we’ve all learned some tips for integrating organization into the creative process. Thank you to all of my readers and followers!

Saturday, May 7

A five-minute AFI filmmaking tutorial about the storyboarding process, which provides organization for all stages of production.

Thursday, May 5

Wednesday, May 4

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An AFI filmmaking tutorial with a couple of great points about integrating organization into your pre-production planning.

Tuesday, May 3

Benefits of a schedule

I had film shoots for three different projects last week, one of which required a lot of preproduction planning and a tight schedule. So here are two benefits of an organized shoot schedule.

1.  Flexibility - If a change needs to be made, it’s easy to make a simple change because everything is planned out.

2.  Productivity - If everyone knows what the next step will be, filming will not only be smoother, but also more efficient.

Stay tuned for more tips on keeping organized for filmmaking!

Monday, May 2

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Editing organization

The other week a video editor from Grand Rapids came to speak in one of my production classes. Here’s some of his advice about editing that relates to organization:

1.  The digital medium needs special attention to labelling and logging, especially since the workflow is much different than previous tape-based workflows.

2.  Establish a standardized workspace, and avoid over-customization to prevent issues when working with others.

3.  Use logic and consistency when creating a workflow and labelling bins, sequences, and footage.

4.  Tape names should include the codec or file type.

Wednesday, April 27

Making a todo list is a step in the right direction for organization. If you’re looking for a todo app, try checking out TeuxDeux.

Monday, April 25

In thinking about the creative process of filmmaking, this is a fantastic TEDTalk by J.J. Abrams.

Tuesday, April 19

Production binders

Production binders are a key part of filmmaking organization. Check out this article for an explanation of how to create a production binder.

Monday, April 18

The Toland ASC Digital Assistant is a pretty cool app. Even if you don’t have an iPhone or iPad, it’s worth watching the product video just to see it. Although this app is created specifically for cinematographers, there are more and more apps available to help filmmakers streamline their process to create a more efficient digital workflow.

The Toland ASC Digital Assistant is a pretty cool app. Even if you don’t have an iPhone or iPad, it’s worth watching the product video just to see it. Although this app is created specifically for cinematographers, there are more and more apps available to help filmmakers streamline their process to create a more efficient digital workflow.