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  • Hello everyone, My name is MarkWayne and I’m directing my first film short this July. Any helpful tips for directing as well as managing the set.

    Is this your absolute first project – meaning you’ve never shot a project before? Or do you have some experience seeing how a production works?

    How many people do you have working with you?

    Thanks John and Scott for your replies. Yes this is my first time shooting a film that said I’m working with film students as my film crew, well trained actors, and I have two experienced persons from film the industry as advisors for my pre-production process and on set.

    I’ve worked on various film (independent as well as mainstream) sets for over the last 15 years. I watched, took notes, and learned a lot. I started writing back in 2009 (stages play, screen plays, and film shorts) I decided to take the plunge and use my experiences to direct.

    Scott its a three day shoot. Including cast and crew I will have on set at least 15 to 20 people for one day and the other days it will be more like 10.

    Well then you have some good experience behind you see how it’s done.

    Best I can say is it’s a million decisions flying at you all the time. You have to be collected and critical and keep the production moving along the way as everybody will be looking toward you for leadership.

    Keep things moving always let your crew know what’s coming up next.

    Break a leg!

    You’ve got this Mark!

    As director you are in a leadership role, but that doesn’t mean you have to do everything yourself.

    Delegate, delegate, delegate. The biggest thing I see with first time directors is that they try and do everything themselves, develop a structure with your crew and tell your keys what you want the crew to do and focus on your actors. This will help you filter down the decisions that are critically important to you.

    That being said, it’s important to also be calm and direct with your crew. Don’t ask your crew how long until they are ready, they will always want to tweek it to make it better, when they are close, tell them how long they have till you shoot [A lot of people try and make the first shot perfect then have to play catch up the rest of the day. I've been there, and I've been on sets with others that do the same].

    You’ll do a great job and I look forward to updates!

    Thanks John and Scott. Yes I will make updates

    Well pre-production is coming to an end. My first day of filming is this Saturday, August 10, 2013. I’m very excited. This is has been an overwhelming, wonderful, insightful, and exciting journey.

    Hi, great accomplishment by the way! Wrapping up your first short film is an achievement. I’d like to do that too one of these days…

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    Just wanted to follow up from my original post that I have wrapped my short film, The Prank. I’m currently in post production. The footage looks great and I’m using some original music for the score. This has been a wonderful journey. I’m taking a vacation to just relax and recalling the filming process.

    By the way I have a Facebook page for the film, Please check it out and like the page.


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