Are you going to be doing any location shooting? If so, plan out all your shots in that area and do them(I know it sounds obvious, amazing how many people don't do it).For some reason the Newbie link is not working for me, so I hope no one minds me posting here.
I'm trying to produce a 30-40minute documentary film right now and I've never made one. Does anyone have any tips or advice especially when it comes to pre-production stuff?
I would think for interviewers, get a release signed saying the allow you to use their image. Yes, it might seem obvious because they are doing it, but have a paper trail. Last thing you need is someone feeling pressure and coming out and saying "I didn't say you could use that"-the signed paper will prove otherwise.Thank you for all the advice so far.
The film is going to be about a key environmental issue where I live. We are looking at the arguments made in support for incineration and Waste to Energy facilities, and showing that these arguments are mere myths. We want to provide our target audience, citizens of where I live with a different look on incineration and an alternative solution to how to manage waste. Another part of the film is looking at how much the local university, who claims to be supportive of sustainability and going "green", is involved and the actions they have taken.
One reply mentioned something about legal issues, aside from photographs, are there any legal things I should take care of too during pre-production? For example, when I'm interviewing someone, are there things I must let them know or let them sign?
Before I give you the rest of my advice, let me give you one piece of advice that you will probably ignore, but you shouldn't:I'm trying to produce a 30-40minute documentary film right now and I've never made one.
Maybe, maybe not. There's no way of knowing unless you try. But rarely in film are failures merely failures alone because you can learn more from your mistakes than from your successes.The project you've chosen to do will be a massive failure.