I Saw the Light...It Was Two Stops Overexposed: A Guidebook for Student Filmmakers
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So, you've got your script and you don't know what to do with it. Maybe you have an idea, but you're not sure how to get there. Welcome to pre-production. Now is the time to decide ... everything. Although the making of a film is generally divided into three phases (pre-production, production, and post-production), they are very interdependent. The way you decide to edit will affect the way need to shoot and the way you shoot will affect all of your pre-production planning. This is a fairly basic example but it illustrates my point. Poor planning in pre-production can result in spending a lot of extra time and money and, more importantly, compromising the quality of the final product. I can't stress this enough- if possible, plan the making of your film, from conception to release, before you start shooting. Film or digital? It's made out to be one of the biggest decisions facing filmmakers today. Some people think it's only a matter of time before film is a dead medium and digital video takes over. Others say digital will never be able to replace the organic qualities of film. Some filmmakers don't even consider it an issue. There's no doubt that the industry will change drastically with the progress of digital technology, but it's my belief that film will always have a place. That's enough about the future of the film industry. Right now film and digital video are both considered viable options for making a movie. For the purpose of this paper, I'll only be discussing film.