Pre-Production: End of Week 3

Man, oh, man, I am now starting to stress. There’s just so much to do! Hire crew, figure out and stay on budget, find a location, create script breakdown, rehearsals. And that’s just for pre-prod. Actual production and post-production are still separate!

But it’s okay. I’ve calmed down. I talked to my people and they’ve given me awesome pep talks and I know I’m meant to do this.

Tomorrow, I’m going to take another crack at the script and hopefully, that’ll be the shooting script. I’d really like the next edits to be at the rehearsals already.

But right now, I’m choosing to stress about one problem: the title. I’ve already changed it four times and I was quite happy with the newest one. But when I checked IMDb, there were already at least ten films with the same title. So I might change it again to a title that was unique or at least has only at most two other films with the same title. I can’t wait until the editing process to figure out the title though. I still have so much to do before that process even starts and I need a good working title for those things and plans.

I may have to go back to my vision board again.


As of this writing, I am now currently in the pre-production phase of my latest short film. I’m rewriting my script, which started as a 9.5-minute film and will most likely end up as a 20-minute short. Let’s hope not.

I’m holding a cold reading session that also doubles as an audition this weekend. And it’s a pain in the ass. Seriously. Common sense? Not that common. I’m currently looking for a casting assistant to help me out because man, I cannot do it alone. I’m hoping to get a camera for the auditions but it looks like I’ll have to settle for a webcam and a laptop to record the auditions.

I’m using the entire month of June for rewrites and meetings with my producer. Yes. I have a producer. I am no longer producing, writing and directing my projects. I will be writing, directing and co-producing it. Yeah. I can’t not produce it.

Next month, I’m going to have to recruit the rest of my crew, rehearse my actors (good thing I only have 2), get a location and finalize everything. I plan to shoot the film in early August so I can’t dilly-dally.

It’s exciting though, pre-prod. But man, oh, man, it’s still scary. ┬áBut it’s the good kind of scary. I’m looking forward to the final product, which I’ll be shopping around to festivals and use as my ticket to create a feature film based on the same premise.

Wish me luck!