After we had gone off and had a read through of the script (which dealt with a young woman coming to terms with past, specifically her boyfriend turned killer. In all frankness, I thought the premise had legs, but the dialogue was overwritten and drew too much attention to itself), we returned and began sharing our thoughts with Eddie and David, who noted them up on the whiteboard. The points we came up with regards to the challenges involved included:
- NEVER assume anything, also research it and know for sure, since you might get into a right pickle otherwise when the times come for the shoot.
- Really sell your idea to a producer when pitching it, and let them know what the 'heart' of the story is, and why that might make it appealing.
- The parameters - look at the big picture, and then worry about the little details, otherwise, you'll give yourself a million and one headaches over nothing.
- Locations- how many and when (time of year, required weather, travel distance, recces with location manager, permits, taxes on certain areas)
- Length - this will dictate how much is spent, since the shorter it is/ the less may be needed and vice versa.
- Cast - how many people, ages (children having special laws for shoots), scheduling and fee (the bigger the name, the more money they may want. This also extends to extras, if needed.
- Crew - any specialists required (effects people, designers, construction people etc.) Like cast, this can determine the costs involved.
- Special equipment - special cameras, tracks, greenscreen, special lights etc.
- Props/costumes - when is it set, how many people, are there stunts involved (necessitate multiples for the same costume), materials etc.
- Marketing/Distribution - who is it made for/target audience, and how will you reach them (television, direct to dvd, theatrical limited or wide release).
- Deadlines - can each element of the production be done by a certain time (usually, the release date)?
- Safety - any explosions/stunts/practical effects involved, and if so, the people needed (co-ordinators, effects artists, choerographers etc.)
To close off, the opening session certainly threw us into the deep end quickly, and really asked us to rack our brains for every possible thing that could remotely be a problem for production, as well as also getting us into team work not long after just getting back, and, getting into this part of the course. That being said, Eddie and David were very thorough and clear with their thoughts, and didn't sugarcoat it when we didn't step up to the plate, and I really admire them for that, and it will prove a valuable asset for the rest of this undoubtedly challenging course, and we're more than aware of how high the stakes are for us to deliver something great.