Planning

Now you have a rough idea of the theme of your story, take some time to explore how you want to say it. Now is a good time to start planning and ask yourself questions, such as:

  • Do you want to make more like a documentary? Or do you want to make a drama? Do you want to use animation?
  • Who else needs to be in your film? Do you need other participants and how old are they?
  • What is your budget and schedule? Do you have equipment? Time? People’s time? Places? Will you need permissions for non-public locations?

You probably won‘t able to answer all of these questions now. Grab a friend, relative or teacher and share your ideas with them. Keep talking and things will evolve. Buy a notebook and note your ideas as they pop in your head or you’ll lose them.

The trickiest part of film-making.
Now you have your storyboard, you may find some of your scenes happen at different times in the story but in the same location. This means when you make a schedule of filming your scenes, that you do all of the different scenes in the same location on the same day. Be careful! You characters may need to be wearing the same clothes for different scenes on different days that in the film are the same day. This is called ‘continuity’.

Filming takes longer than you think! Try to film one scene from your storyboard and this will give you an idea of how long it will take to film the entire film.

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