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Transcript of Film Pre-Production
Scott Huntsman Film Pre-Production Story Boards Scott Huntsman Concept Art Man Concept Pitching! Basic Casting Process Casting: Importance & Process Practical Effects Set Design How it begins Group Two Sandra Lee
Briana Alden the process of preparing to make a film What is Pre-Production? Costume
& Makeup Thanks for listening Before Casting Begins Role of the Casting Director Knowing the Story & Creative Team's Vision Drafting the Script Drafting Actors for the Casting Process Holding Initial Auditions Review & Callbacks Final Casting
& Contracts Acts as liason between Creative Team, Director/Producers, and the Cast. The Role of the Casting Director Basic Casting Process Before Casting Begins Oversees entire casting process Recommends actors and has heavy influence on final casting Contacting Agencies Storyboards work as adaptations and intepretations of the given screenplay, visualizing the ideas behind the words. Why use storyboards? 1. They allow the filmmaker to visualize and refine ideas 2. It is the clearest way to communicate to the entire production team 3. They work to convey shot flow in scenes, mood, tone, composition, staging and narrative structuring. Production and
Time Frame What is a pitch? The objective: -concept
-basic storyline Ben Mauro close relationship between directors and story artists Andrée Wallin long brainstorming sessions, reading dialogue, amateur acting, making and refining sketches thorough boarding takes minimum 3-4 months multiple artists may be employed depending on sets/effects Remember the Basics Skills and Materials -Presentation Techniques
-Your a Salesperson
-Be Passionate understanding of staging, editing, and composition
familiarity with cinematography
adept at drawing the human form
able to adapt to different styles
be able to work under pressure
good visual memory Now for some tips... POARP! Be Prepared
Know Your Audience
Practice your Pitch Materials range from pencil, ink, charcoal dust, to dry markers and more. P:
P: Animatics "Pitching a movie is a marathon, not a sprint" Mind on the money, and
money on your mind Concept Art in Post Special Pitching tips to get funders -Label
-Lead with Emotion
-Create a Relationship
-Visual Aids The way concept art is handled depends on the company and project. concept artists do not determine the look of a project, rather the creative director does. Although concept artists can influence the look. Pyscho (Hitchcock, 1960) Tangled (2010) Concept art for games and films are similar Spartacus (Kubrick, 1960) The Graduate (Nichols, 1967) Concept artists are becoming more specialized and some are required to storyboard while some are not or may not be able to. Behind the Scenes:
Story and Script Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette (2006) Academy Award Winner: Milena Canonero every film begins with an idea enviroments,
and enviroments Main Duties -Read and analyze script
-Work closely with director and lighting
-Do a LOT of research West Side Story (1961)
Academy Award Winner: Irene Sharaff Gladiator (2000)
Academy Award Winner: Janty Yates Archetypal Stories Natalie Portman as Padme Amidala
Star Wars Prequel Trilogy (1999, 2002, 2005) Rebirth Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) Makeup Overcoming the Monster Rags to Riches The Quest Voyage and Return Comedy Tragedy "Freddie Krueger"
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Shirley Eaton in Goldfinger (1964) "Voldemort"
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Hellboy (2004) the look of the project is determined by both the creative director and the art director. As well as other parties such as publisher and the development team. The good, the bad and the TERRIBLE The Impossible (2012) Pyrotechnics/Squibs Miniatures Edward Scissorhands (1990) Twilight (2008) Broken Blossoms (1919) The Jazz Singer (1927) Concept artists usually work freelance, or they work in smaller third party companies that can afford a full time artist. this may lead you to questions about set design Composes architectural drawings, models, and projections Research>>Continuity Design<<Location Collage Set designers visualize and invoke experiences that leave memorable connections to certain scenery. Components of a Successful Story Screenwriting researching and developing the story writing and formatting the script What Happens Next... producer
literary agent Screenwriter partners with a to develop the pitch! Provides a visual connection that helps construction workers realize the production's aim Set Sketches Architectural Sketches Projection Sketches Serve as a visual map for potential camera shots in the scene Provide an accurate visual layout for scenes that are to be constructed or used Things to consider $$$Budget $$$ Computer Graphic Generated Scenes Scheduling Green Screen Technology Illustrated Road Map Location photography Next steps Finalized Continuity Design Scheduling Animatronics Definition: A visual effect physically produced on set that does not use CGI or post-production effects. Squibs Small explosives rigged onto clothing to mimic
the effects of a gunshot impact on a body or
a surface Pyrotechnics Fireworks and explosives that are rigged to create realistic explosions for the screen From King Kong (2005) Ray Harryhausen Forced Perspective Animatronics is creating machines that seem alive rather than just robotic. An animatronic control device The mechanics of
an animatronic creature head