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Ep139 Transcript: Essential Roles for a Small Film Production – Quick Fix Friday
Andrea Vahl: Are you thinking about making a movie? In episode 137, I talked to my friend, Julie Ann Cairns, who made her own movie without any experience. In today’s episode of Quick Fix Friday, I’m going to talk about some of the essential roles you need to create a skeleton crew to film your movie.
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Andrea Vahl: Now I’m no expert in movies or making films by any means. I have been in a couple of movies and some student films and I’ve taken acting and made some short little films through that as well, but I am fascinated with the whole idea of making a movie and bringing something into life with a skeleton crew and a low budget because now more than ever, movies are able to be made and indie films have sometimes had really low budgets.
Let’s talk about some of the roles you might need to think about if you are thinking about making a movie. Now the roles you need might depend on the type of movie you’re making, how technical it might be where you’re shooting, all kinds of things like that. And a lot of times people are taking on multiple roles within the movie. So for example, there’s the director, but that might also be the writer and the producer for the movie.
You may want to think about having a producer outside of the director role.
The role of the producer is to make sure everything is running smoothly.
The next role you’ll definitely need is cinematographer or director of photography, and that’s going to be the person who is doing the film and camera work. Obviously, it’s better if that person cannot be the director so that the director can really focus on the scenes and what’s happening in there, but that may be something if you are really low budget, you’d have to do combined.
The other things you’re going to need are sound and lighting. Both of these roles are really critical and fairly specialized because you want someone who really knows what they’re doing and has some experience in that area.
Now there’s lots of other roles that you can fill and you may need depending on your type of film, like makeup artist or a production designer or something like that. And I’m going to link to a bunch of resources on skeleton crews and how you can get your film made on a budget.
Because I think we are living in an amazing time right now. You can make a really wonderful film and get your idea out in the world and do that thing you’ve always wanted to do. There’s lots of people who talk about wanting to be an actor, wanting to make a film or having a great idea. We’ll go do it.
It’s easy to do with a small crew of five to seven people or even less sometimes. So get out there and get that film made. And if you haven’t had a chance, go back and listen to episode one 37 and be inspired by what Julie Ann has been able to do making her film.
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