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Taking your script or storyboard and turning it into a movie requires planing. Successful productions incorporate and combine many different production elements such as the types of camera shots, still images, music, transitions, titles, props, costumes, lighting, and sound effects.
When used properly these elements can aid in telling your story. Organising them requires planning and discussion.

The Shoot

The quality of your movie production depends largely on the quality of the footage you shoot. Ensure you have a digital video camera, with a charged battery and spare blank tapes.
Video is made up of camera shots as well as a number of other production elements. Shots combine to tell the story. Different shots are used for different purposes.
A shot is a single ‘run’ of the camera. The duration depends upon…
1. its purpose ie. to establish a place, or show action or reaction
2. the pace (or tempo) of the scene in which each shot occurs.
A scene is a group of shots depicting one action, or, which seems to belong with or depend upon each other.
A sequence is a group of scenes which…
1. depict an event in the story (like a chapter)
2. occur in one place.
Make sure you capture a variety of shots and plenty of footage (called takes). For example, a shot can be taken a number of times from different angles and sizes and you can decide later which take looks best.

Preparing and generating other elements for your production is important. Production elements are things such as:
• Text: titles, credits and other text-based information such as names or labels.
• Graphics: still images such as originals created in computer paint programs, scanned photographs, maps and diagrams.
• Audio: sound effects, music and voice-overs recorded with a microphone.
Audio is often overlooked when making movies. As a result, many short movies often have lots of ambient noise. Try using an external microphone, especially for recording conversations.

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Kym Nadebaum