PRODUCTION BOOK GUIDE AND TEMPLATE (1/3 Parts).pdf

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Undergrad Film & TV
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FMTV-UT 39
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Andrew French

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PRODUCTION BOOK GUIDE AND TEMPLATE By Jinane Bahlawan While working on my production book, I realized that I wasn’t really sure on what to do or how I should format my stuff. Looking at other production books, people were using allkinds of weird fonts or everything was just lacking in information. Since film students hate logistics and paperwork, here’s a guide with a quick template on what your production book should look like. This guide is specific to Digital Frame and Sequence, but could serve as a production book for all later films. Your teacher might have different requirements or even less requirements than what’s here, but this will help you develop one that is thorough, consistent, and concise. MATERIALS: - 3 ring binder (preferable) or folder with prongs - Section/page dividers (plastic, no pockets) Title each divider tab as follows: 1. Story Synopsis 2. Script (Dialogue, or V.O.) 3. Character Sketch 4. Storyboard(s) 5. Inspiration/Infleunces/References 6. Production Design 7. Camera Work 8. Production Schedule/Shooting Schedule 9. Camera Log 10. Sound Design/Music 11. Production Contact List (optional, but suggested) 12. Evaluation Now, we’re going to break down these tabs into another 11 pages, where each page will contain guiding questions, tables, and all sorts of other stuff to help you get your project organized more quickly! If you’re unsure about what your production book should still look like after this guide and template, check out the separate document titled “PRODUCTION BOOK SAMPLE”. It’ll be the production book I used for my first F&S experimental. Happy filmmaking! TITLE: BY LENGTH: CLASS: INSTRUCTOR: DATE: This information should be either the first page in your production book or on the cover of it. SYNOPSIS LOG LINE: This is a 1-line description of your film. PLOT: This is a paragraph description of your film’s plot. Start by identifying the protagonist, problem/conflict, and setting. Then go into the major plot points/conflicts/turns, but don’t give away too many details. Avoid unnecessary description. Bring up other characters in the order they appear. Remember – this is a summary, not an essay or a novel hook. Be sure to end it by describing how the major conflicts are resolved. (I recommend 1.5 spacing for this so that it’s not too cluttered.) THEMES: Those “big concepts” that your literature teachers bugged you about; heroism, fear, brotherhood, community, stuff like that. 2. SCRIPT If you haven’t taken Storytelling Strategies yet and if you haven’t written a film script before, you should use a free scriptwriting program like CELTX. Otherwise, you probably know how to format a script by name. You’re smart; you can figure out what to do here. If your project doesn’t need a script, that’s one less thing for you to do! Yay! 3. CHARACTER SKETCH I’m assuming this is a sketch design of your character(s), but he didn’t say we needed it so I’d hold off on this for now.
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