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These are just some of the questions you'll find answered in The Complete Guide to Making a Movie. All filmmakers need to understand each and every step of the production process. This guide walks you through the entire production process, from preproduction to postproduction, including a, step-by-step listing of the duties and responsibilities of each crew member. A clear understanding of how the budget level of a production will impact the production process is emphasized throughout. Ultimately, readers gain a clear understanding of each step of the production process and how these processes can differ depending on the budget.

The Complete Guide to Making a Movie discusses both the process involved in making a film or video, along with the various people filmmakers will encounter in each area. These include:

* Budgeting

* Script breakdown and scheduling

* The production team and office

* The director's team

* Casting and actors

* The art, camera, and sound departments

* Special effects

* Wardrobe, makeup and hair

* Locations and the transportation department

* Production and editing

* Music and titles

A FREE one-of-a-kind CD contains many of the production forms movie and video makers will encounter. Blank versions of every form mentioned in the text are included, helping readers put what they have learned in the text into practice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205507221
  • Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Series: OP NOT MIGRATING TO PEARSON
  • Edition description: MAKE OP, LEAVE AS SOURCEBOOKS
  • Pages: 293
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     XXV
Prep and Production     1
The Budget     3
Budgeting Software     4
Budget Structure     5
Above-the-Line     5
Below-the-Line (Production)     5
Post-Production     5
Total Other     6
Starting to Write a Budget     7
Budgeting with Software Packages     7
Spreadsheet Budgeting     7
Padding the Budget     13
The Contingency     14
Fringe Benefits     14
Taxes     14
Payroll Fees     15
Employee Benefits     15
Union Versus Non-Union     15
Becoming Signatory     16
Local Versus Distant     16
Budget Disbursement and Tracking     17
Disbursing Funds     17
Disbursement Forms     19
Managing the Budget     19
Good Budgeting Versus Bad Budgeting     21
Budget Line Items     21
Script Breakdown and Scheduling     25
Scheduling a Film: A Step-by-Step Overview     26
The Script Breakdown     26
Electronically-Scheduling Software     26
By Hand     27
What are the Elements?     27
Speaking Cast (Underline in Red)     28
Extras/Atmosphere (Underline in Green)     28
Silent Bits (Underline in Yellow)     28
Props (Underline in Lime) and Set Dressing (Underline in Purple)     28
Wardrobe (Circle the Item)     28
Makeup (Mark with an Asterisk)     28
Stunts (Underline in Orange)     29
Special Effects (Underline in Blue)     29
Sound Effects (Underline in Brown)     29
Special Equipment (Draw a Box around the Action)     29
Vehicles and Animals/Livestock (Underline in Pink)     29
Music (Underline in Aqua)     30
Other Categories     30
Animal Handler     30
Greenery     30
Security     31
Additional Labor     31
Optical Effects/CGI     31
Miscellaneous     31
Notes     31
A Note on Continuity     32
Breaking the Script into "Eighths"     32
The Breakdown Sheet     35
The Strip or Production Board     37
Creating a Schedule     37
Scheduling Parameters      39
Geography     39
Set     39
Cast Members     39
Day/Night     39
EXT/INT     40
Sequence     40
Children     40
Time of Year/Climate     41
Special Effects and Stunts     41
Second Camera/Second Unit     41
Special Equipment     41
Putting the Schedule Together     42
Schedules to Print     42
Shooting Schedule     42
Production Schedule     42
One-Liner     42
Day-Out-of-Days     44
Updating Your Schedule     44
Revision Colors     45
The Production Team and Staff     48
Executive Producer     48
Pre-Production     50
Production     50
Post-Production     50
Line Producer     50
Pre-Production     51
Production     51
Post-Production and Wrap     52
What Makes a Good Producer     52
Dealing with First-Time Directors     53
Associate Producer     53
Assistant to the Producer     54
Qualities of a Good Assistant     54
Unit Production Manager     55
Pre-Production     55
Production     55
Post-Production and Wrap     56
Qualities of a Good UPM     56
Production Office Coordinator     56
Pre-Production     56
Production     57
Wrap     57
Qualities of a Good POC     57
Local Production Coordinator     57
Assistant Production Office Coordinator     58
Pre-Production     58
Production     58
Wrap     59
Qualities of a Good APOC     59
Travel/Movement     59
Office Production Assistants     61
Receptionist     61
Qualities of Good PAs and Production Receptionists     61
Head Accountant     62
First Assistant Accountant, Second Assistant Accountant, and Accounting Apprentice     62
Qualities of a Good Accounting Staff     62
Technical Advisor     63
Script Supervisor     63
Pre-Production     64
Production     64
Wrap     69
Qualities of a Good Script Supervisor     69
Safety Officer/Manage     69
Qualities of a Good Safety Manager     69
Product Placement     70
The Production Office     71
Description of the Production Office     71
Blocks of Rooms     72
Ample Office Space     72
Proximity to Restaurants and Shops     72
Proximity to Airport     72
Room Service     72
Nicer Rooms for Stars     72
Refrigerators     73
Parking     73
Proximity to Locations     73
Laundry Service     73
Setting Up the Office     73
Assigning Offices     74
Making the Office Operational     74
Running the Production Office     76
The Meet-and-Greet     76
The Wrap Party     78
Wrapping Out the Production Office     78
Production Lists     78
The Director's Team     85
Director     85
Pre-Production     85
Production     86
Post-Production     86
First Assistant Director     86
Pre-Production     87
Production     87
Qualities of a Good 1st AD     88
The First Assistant Director-Director Relationship     88
What the 1st AD Wants from the Director     88
Production Meetings     91
The Concept Meeting     91
The Big Production Meeting     91
Second Assistant Director     91
Pre-Production     92
Production     92
A Note on Directing Extras     93
Qualities of a Good 2nd AD     93
Walkie-Talkie Etiquette     93
Second Second Assistant Director and/or DGA Trainee     94
Pre-Production     94
Production     94
Qualities of a Good 2nd 2nd or DGA Trainee     94
Set Production Assistants     95
Pre-Production     95
Production     95
Qualities of a Good Set PA     95
Director's Assistant     96
Choreographer     96
Dialogue Coach/Dialect Coach     96
Storyboard Artist     97
Set Operations     97
Importance of Calling Rolling and Cut     98
At the End of the Day     98
Press Day     99
Closed Set     99
Set Protocol      99
Production Files     100
AD Paperwork     101
The Call Sheet     101
The Production Report     102
Casting, Actors, Extras, and Stunt People     105
Casting Department     105
Casting Director     105
Pre-Production     106
Local Casting Director     108
Extras Casting     109
Casting Assistants     111
How to Run a Casting Session     111
Screen Tests     113
Rehearsals and Training     113
Fittings     115
Working With Minors     115
Tutors     115
Working with Parents     116
Working With Animals     117
The Taft-Hartley     117
Categories of Actors     118
Leads     118
Supporting Roles     118
Extras     118
Silent Bits and Special Ability     118
Stand-Ins     118
Day Players Versus Weekly Players     119
Stunts     119
Stunt Coordinator     119
Pre-Production     119
Production     120
Wrap      120
Stuntperson     120
How a Stunt Could Work: A Car Roll     120
The Art Department     122
Production Designer     122
Pre-Production     122
Production     123
Wrap     124
Art Director     124
Pre-Production     124
Production     124
Wrap     124
Set Decorator     124
Pre-Production     124
Production     125
Wrap     125
Lead Man and Swing Gang     125
Art Department Coordinator     125
Set Designer     125
Set Dresser     125
Props     126
Pre-Production     126
Production     126
Wrap     126
Illustrator     126
Draftsperson     127
Assistant Props     127
Art Department Production Assistants     127
Assistant to Production Designer and Art Director     127
Construction Coordinator     127
Construction Foreman     128
Construction Laborers     128
Standby Painter     128
Standby Greensperson      128
Operations     128
The Camera Department     130
Director of Photography     130
Pre-Production     130
Production     131
Wrap     131
Camera Operator     132
Production     132
First Assistant Cameraperson     132
Second Assistant Cameraperson     133
Clapper and Loader     133
Camera Production Assistant     133
Video Assist     135
Steadicam Operator     136
Special Operators     136
The Camera Package     137
Operations     137
Stock     138
Processing and Printing     138
Projection of Dailies     140
Behind-the-Scenes for DVD     140
Tests     140
Grip and Electric     142
Gaffer     142
Pre-Production     142
Production     143
Wrap     143
Best Boy Electric     143
Electricians/Electrics     143
Generator Operator     144
Rigging Crew     144
Key Grip     144
Pre-Production      145
Production     145
Wrap     145
Best Boy Grip     145
Company Grips     145
Dolly Grip     145
Crane Operator     146
Operations for Grip and Electric     146
The Grip Package     147
The Lighting Package     147
Laying Dolly Track     148
Truck Wrap     148
The Sound Department     150
Sound Mixer     150
Pre-Production     151
Production     151
Boom Operator     151
Cable Puller/Person     153
Sound Production Assistant     153
The Sound Package     153
Operations     154
Playback     154
Special Effects and Visual Effects     156
Special Effects     156
Creature Design     156
Creature Manufacturer     157
Modelers     157
Miniatures     158
Remote Vehicles     158
Miniature Pyrotechnics     158
Matte Painting     158
Traveling Matte     158
Full-Scale Physical Effects     158
Weather Effects      159
Special Effects Coordinator     160
Operations on Set     160
Visual Effects     161
Visual Effects Producer     161
Computer Graphics Supervisor     162
Compositing Supervisor     162
Compositing Lead     162
Compositors     162
Animation Supervisor/Director     162
Animators     163
Digital Cinematographers/Shaders     163
Digital Modelers     163
3D Animators     163
2D Animators     163
Rendering     163
Operations     164
The Wardrobe Department     165
Costume Designer     165
Pre-Production     166
Production     166
Wrap     166
Wardrobe Supervisor     166
Pre-Production     167
Production     167
Wrap     167
Men's Costumer/Women's Costumer     169
Seamstress     169
Wardrobe Production Assistant     169
Assistant to the Costume Designer     169
Operations     169
Washing and Returning     170
Dressing the Masses     171
Makeup and Hair     172
Key Makeup     172
Pre-Production     172
Production     173
Wrap     173
Assistant Makeup     173
Additional/Extra Makeup     175
Body Makeup     175
Special Effects Makeup     175
Key Hair     176
Pre-Production     176
Production     176
Wrap     176
Assistant Hair/Additional Hair/Extra Hair     177
Operations     177
Qualities of a Good Makeup and Hair Team     177
Locations     179
Location Manager     179
Pre-Production     180
Production     180
Wrap     180
Assistant Location Manager     181
Location Production Assistant     182
Location Scout-The Person     182
Location Scout-The Event     183
Location Considerations     183
The Technical Scout     184
Location Determinations on a Tech Scout     185
Maps     186
Security, Firefighters, and Police     186
Heating and Air Conditioning      187
Shooting on Location Versus in Studio Facilities     187
Advantages of Shooting on Location     187
Disadvantages of Shooting on Location     187
Advantages of Shooting in a Studio     187
Disadvantages of Shooting in a Studio     188
Location Paperwork     188
Location Agreement     188
Certificate of Insurance     188
Permits     188
The Transportation Department     192
Transportation Coordinator     192
Pre-Production     192
Production     193
Wrap     194
Transportation Captain     195
Dispatcher     195
Drivers and Teamsters     195
Qualities of a Good Transportation Team     196
Operations     196
Picture Vehicles     197
Production Vehicles     197
Second Unit     199
Director     199
Unit Production Manager or Production Office Coordinator     200
First Assistant Director     200
Locations     200
Camera     200
Sound     201
Other Units     201
Operations      201
Equipment     201
Paperwork     201
Post-Production     203
Editing Picture and Sound     205
Post-Production Supervisor     205
Editor     206
First Assistant Editor     211
Second Assistant Editor     211
Apprentice Editor     212
Sound Designer     212
Sound Editor     212
Dialogue Editor     213
Sound Effects Editor     215
Music Editor     215
ADR Editor     216
Re-Recording Mixers     217
Looping/ADR     217
What to Do before the Session     218
What to Do during the Session     218
different Kinds of Mixes     218
The Post-Production Process     219
Shooting Film for Release on Film or Video     219
Shooting Video for Release on Video     220
Main Titles and End Credits     220
Post-Production Film and Lab     224
Working With the Lab     224
Negative Cutting     225
The Sound Mix     226
Answer Prints     226
Release Prints     226
The Film Trailer     227
Delivery Versions     227
VHS     227
DVD     227
Music     229
Licensing Rights     229
Music in the Public Domain     230
Music Supervisor     230
Composer     231
Music Package Fee     231
Conductor     231
Arranger/Orchestrator     231
Copyists     232
Musicians     232
The Scoring Session     232
Sound Track Album/CD     232
The Rest of the Story     235
Contractuals     237
Insurance     237
Errors and Omissions     237
Production Package     238
Cast     238
Negative     238
Third Party     238
Faulty Stock     238
Auto     238
Money and Securities     239
Extra Expense     239
Worker's Compensation     239
Completion Bond     239
The Legal Department     241
Why You Should Get a Lawyer     241
Getting the Right Lawyer     241
Clearances      241
Releases     242
Contracts for Cast, Crew, and Services     243
Publicity     246
The Unit Publicist     246
The Still Photographer     248
Press Day     249
Unions, Guilds, and Associations     251
American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP)     251
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)     252
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)     252
National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET)     252
Casting Society of America (CSA)     253
Actor's Equity Association (AEA)     253
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)     253
International Documentary Association (IDA)     254
Director's Guild of America (DGA)     254
Writer's Guild of America (WGA)     255
Screen Actor's Guild (SAG)     255
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)     256
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS)     256
Producer's Guild of America (PGA)     257
American Association of Producers (AAP)     257
American Federation of Musicians (AFM)     258
The Film Foundation      258
National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)     258
American Film Marketing Association (AFMA)     258
American Film Market (AFM)     259
Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)     260
Motion Picture Association (MPA)     260
Guide to the CD-ROM     261
Glossary     267
Index     281
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