Pre-production is the most important phase in the process. The more work you do in this phase, the better. While
you may want to spend little time in this phase and begin production, without proper planning, you could waste time shooting and editing footage that is
inconsistent and incomplete, and ultimately produce a project that is ineffective. The resources below will aid you in the pre-production phase.
- Useful documents »
- Project Proposal (PDF):
Will help focus the message of your film and help figure out what material (audio, video, etc.) you will need to get.
- Shot List (PDF):
For those productions that cannot be scripted and story boarded easily, a shot list may be more useful. On this form list what shots are needed and
associated talent, props and equipment.
- Sample Script (PDF):
Script from Hygiene, which you can view above, details the camera shots, graphics, voiceover, background
sound effects and music.
- Two Column Script Template (DOC):
A blank two column script template in Microsoft Word format.
- Media Release Form:
It is prudent to get a signed release form from each of the individuals featured in your production documenting their permission to use them in your
production. This is especially prudent if you plan on putting the footage on the Internet via YouTube, Facebook, etc.
- Screenwriting resources »
- The Tools of screenwriting
- Basic of Storytelling (pages 19 - 41)
- Screenwriting tools (pages 41 - 99)
- The "Analyses" section at the end of the book provides detailed discussions of the various tools described in the book as they are put
into practice in 16 disparate Hollywood films.
- Screenwriting from the heart
- Chapter 7: The Pictures: The Power and the Limitations
- Chapter 8: Sound: How it Can Carry the Story
- Chapter 11: The One-Act Form: Evoking Inescapability
- Part 3: Crafting Your Script: Step by Step
- The screenwriter's manual
- Provides a number of useful script examples and offers a lot of insight into how to format a script based on industry standards.
The library's collection offers a number of useful resources, listed below, on best practices and methods for producing a film.
In-depth assistance is also available, but is limited to staff availability. To schedule a one-on-one consultation, please request an appointment via the online request form.
- Production Checklist (PDF):
There are number of things to consider before you start filming on location, use this checklist to make sure you have thought these things through.
- Soundzabound (Royalty free music):
Soundzabound provides music and sound effects that are copyright compliant and royalty free for use in student projects and other school productions. Students
in the state of Wisconsin may download and use these MP3 audio files in creation of videos, films and DVDs, digital storytelling and other types of multimedia
- The five C's of cinematography
- Published in 1965, this book highlights that filmmaking is not about technology; it's about telling a story. That's what the camera helps a director
do: it works hand-in-hand with the script to tell the story. The techniques discussed in the book are fundamental, and it's these rules that aspiring
cinematographers should understand. Joseph Mascelli does a great job explaining the rules including numerous examples from Hollywood films.
- Lighting for digital video & television
- Chapter 1: Why lighting is important for TV and video
- Chapter 2: Human Vision, the Camera and Exposure
- Chapter 6: Basic Lighting Techniques
- Chapter 7: Interview Setups
- Chapter 8: Solving Common Problems
- Chapter 11: Lighting Low-Budget Locations
- Single-camera video production
- The Production Process: Pre-Production (pages 88-102)
- The Production Process: Production (pages 106 - 158)
- Digital video hacks [electronic resource]
- Provides a good overview of the process from acquiring footage, mixing, editing, and adding effects to final distribution.
- The little digital video book [electronic resource]
- This friendly, approachable guide will teach users the basics of shooting, organizing, and editing their own footage, with short examples so they
can practice the techniques as they read through the book.
- The Flip Mino pocket guide [electronic resource]
- Chapter 8: Tips and Techniques
Post Production »
Below are a number of tutorials on how to use the various editing software available in the digital media studio. In-depth assistance
is also available, but is limited to staff availability. To schedule a one-on-one consultation, please request an appointment via the online request form.
- The Basics of Video Editing »
- Editing Software Tutorials »