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the process that’s yielded creative success for me so far

On the heals of this nofilmschool post, I thought I’d share this semi-rant outline I sent to my  friend and talented colleague Neil Thompsett in the midst of talking about writing the script for the short we will produce in stereoscopic 3D once I receive my two RED Scarlets:

Write prose
Convert to production script format
Re-write prose in left column, update descriptions in right column
Think
Update shot list in left column
Establish minimal confidence in on set usability of dialogue in right column
Review script with client for sign off
Change whatever is required
Convert production script to shoot schedule, send actors scripts
Pre-production = coordinate dates and times, obtain location permits, identify catering
Minor Panic
cross t’s and dot i’s
Send call sheets to cast and crew
No sleep night before shoot
Get to set early
EVERYTHING CHANGES
Make something happen with light touch and least resistance
Trust the smarter people around you and let them do their job
Watch the clock
Only let things go one hour longer than planned.  This includes break for lunch and end of day. Period.
Get the effing footage in your hand and take it directly to the place you will load it into computers and what not.
Confirm there is footage.
Major Panic
Confirm you are not effed
Calm down and have a coffee
Look at everything
Consider sleeping
Do other things
Realize you should really get some sleep.
Do one or two more things.
Eff off for 12 hours
Come back and start putting the story together
Lots of things happen
Look at the story
Change one or two things
Look at the revised story
Get the VFX
Confirm the story makes sense to a regular person, definitely someone who isn’t in the industry
Make changes to the stupid shite you tried and doesn’t work whatsoever
Color Grade (and stereo sweeten)
Export to tape, DCP, YouTube, what have you
Show it to your friends who have to like it and be nice to you regardless
Detect if they are lying to you and just being nice
Maybe change something
Show it to people who are actually your audience
Try not to kill yourself
Receive praise and adulation
Move the eff on and do the next one.
proactively • outlined • peter
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1 Response to “the process that’s yielded creative success for me so far”


  1. 1 Angelo
    February 7, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Haha, I wrote that NoFilmSchool article. Love your list… feels about par for the course!

    -Angelo


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