In the filmmaking process, preparation is a must. Careful planning sets the foundation for a successful shoot. During this step, filmmakers should craft answers to the following questions:
- Who will be involved?
- What will be needed?
- When everything will be happening?
- Where will everything be happening?
- Why is the story you’re telling worth telling?
- How you will accomplish your short film goals?
To exhibit professional decorum, I always advise that a filmmaker at any level keep the majority of the time spent on their film in the pre-production phase–planning and mapping out each step for those involved in the production. Although everything will not go as planned, it is a good practice to have a plan in place, so things flow more easily.