Perhaps unsurprisingly, it turns out that people generally make better projects when they plan ahead. Depending on the scope of your project, it may require more or less planning ahead — some of the steps listed below might be skipped over for shorter, more informal projects:
- Make an outline… in fact, ideally you would write a script. This will allow you to plan for exactly what cameras, actors, spaces and time you will need. (As with any writing project, the Writing Manual is a good place to start.)
- Assign responsibilities. This seems obvious, but, at some point, the project will exist in only one computer while it’s being edited, and you’d better make sure that the person who’s supposed to edit and publish the project can get to it. Likewise, cameras and audio recorders are checked out from the library to individuals, who are personally responsible for their care and return.
- Make a schedule with your actors (and other assistants). Be sure to take into account practice schedules, games and evening study hours (get permission in advance!) Work backwards from your deadline, to make sure that you have enough time to get everything done.
- Reserve any rooms or spaces necessary. (Or arrange transport, if shooting or recording off campus. Be sure to sign out. And pay attention to riding privileges.)