Introduction to Film Directing: Pre-Production, Physical Production and Post-Production

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Stacia Crawford

Webinar hosted by: Stacia Crawford

Director (Netflix & Lifetime)

Stacia Crawford is a Director/Producer/Writer/Actress who, last year, directed two feature films which premiered on Netflix and Lifetime. As a producer she has helmed five feature films with Mar Vista Entertainment (premieres on Hallmark, Lifetime, CMT), in addition to several independent feature films. In television, Stacia co-directed/produced various unscripted series for NBC/Esquire, The History Channel, A&E, AMC, Spike, Logo, Pivot, Blaze TV, MTV. She also produced several web content shows, most notably for My Space. Prior to directing/producing, Stacia started her career as an actress/writer and can be seen in several feature films, including cameo roles in films that she’s directed. As a writer, she has written two novels (Kit Ten, The Space Between) and co-created four original dramatic television series, (Driving Under The Influence, Wildcatters, American Caesar, Senescent) all currently in development. Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

So you want to direct. You've been bitten by the filmmaking bug and now all you can think about is making a film. You've got a script (or the concept for one) and have envisioned exactly how you want to see it on the screen. And, now more than ever, with equipment more accessible, the costs of shooting affordable, the barrier of entry lower than it's every been, and the options for distribution growing seemingly by the minute,  you know the path from script to screen has never been more viable. We get it. As a director you are the lynchpin of a production and the commander of a creative army in service of your vision. But, in order to truly realize that vision, you have to know everything there is about development, pre-production, physical production, and post production.

Even though you can clearly see the film in your mind that's only a small part of the process of being a director. It takes hard work, discipline, and wearing many hats to be able to execute every aspect of developing and filming a movie - and to do it in a way that holds the entire production together. What you do (or don't do) in pre-production will set the tone for the entire shoot, good or bad. How you command the set on the first day will determine whether your cast and crew put forth their best effort or zone out. You have to be cognizant of shooting time/days, your budget, and assuring that your are delivering on every promise. But you're not done when you shout "That's a wrap!" There's still more to do when you get to post-production, working hand in hand with your editor, colorist, sound designer and more. It sounds overwhelming, but we're here to tell you it's not only a manageable environment, but one you can thrive in.

Stacia Crawford started as an actress, but had the overwhelming desire to manage and film projects. So, she moved into producing and directing. Last year alone, she had two feature films that premiered on Netflix and Lifetime. With the success of those films, she has been hired to direct two more features this year. Stacia has worked with NBC, The History Channel, A&E, AMC, Spike and more, and has used her experience to make sure she runs a tight and efficient set. She's a pro at managing a project from the script phase through seeing her work on screen and beyond.

Stacia will guide you through the entire directing process so you can understand what your responsibilities will be through pre-production, physical production and post-production. She will help you understand what to look for in your contract before you even get hired. She will teach you best casting strategies, how to find and enlist the help of your creative departments, and how to choose the right DP and AD (beyond important!) You'll also learn how to prepare your shot list and how to confidently run your set by learning how to work with actors, producers and your crew and keep them all happy. She'll teach you about your dailies and picking up scenes if the schedule shifts. Finally, she'll take you through post-production and how to work seamlessly and diplomatically with your editor, composer and your color and audio team. 

 

You'll be well-armed with all the pertinent and vital information you need to manage every aspect of being a film director. Stacia will remove your anxiety and fears by giving you the tools to succeed, thrive and have your cast and crew looking to work with you again and again.

 

 

"If you are thinking of going into the industry it was amazing, hit all the points, and she went above and beyond when she expanded on a lot of her points...like making sure you get your insert shots (which I've been a victim of.). Overall she was great, clear and to the point."

- Ryan H.

 

I'm a screenwriter and always wanted to direct, but found the idea of it daunting. Stacia not only lifted my fears, but gave me so many "I can do that!" moments that I'm already kicking myself for not doing it sooner. She's a marvel.

- Monica R.

What You'll Learn

Pre-Production:

  • What is the Job of the Director?
    • The difference between a Director, a Producer, an EP, and a Producing Director
    • What needs to be delivered
  • Process of Being Hired as a Director
    • Materials to review
    • Interview process
  • Preparing a Vision Board / Mood Reel
    • What you need to include in your vision board / mood reel
  • Contracts 
    • What you need to make sure is clear in the contract
    • Agent/Manager/Attorney
  • The Casting Process
    • Working with a Casting Director / Breakdowns
    • Casting from tape
  • Creative Departments
    • Who you need to hire when and why
  • Choosing the Right DP and AD
    • Responsibilities for each and what you need them to execute
  • Preparing Your Shot List with Your DP

Physical Production

  • Arriving on Set
    • 3 key factors to a successful production
  • How to Work With Actors
    • Different methods you can use
    • Blocking with your DP, actors and scripty
  • How to Work with Your Producer and Crew on Set
  • Set Etiquette - Do's and Don'ts
  • How to Make Your Day Without Compromising Your Vision
  • Dailies
    • Frame I.O.
    • Stringouts / teaser
  • How to Pick up Scenes or Move the Schedule Around
  • Wrapping Out

Post Production

  • Working with Your Editor to Deliver Director's Cut
    • Rough cut
    • Director's fine cut
    • Director and Producer's Locked Cut
  • Working with Your Composer for Score and Needle Drops
  • Working the Final Mix and Color
    • Color pass
    • SFX
    • ADR
    • Final audio mix

Q&A with Stacia!

About Your Instructor

Stacia Crawford is a Director/Producer/Writer/Actress who, last year, directed two feature films which premiered on Netflix and Lifetime. As a producer she has helmed five feature films with Mar Vista Entertainment (premieres on Hallmark, Lifetime, CMT), in addition to several independent feature films. In television, Stacia co-directed/produced various unscripted series for NBC/Esquire, The History Channel, A&E, AMC, Spike, Logo, Pivot, Blaze TV, MTV. She also produced several web content shows, most notably for My Space. Prior to directing/producing, Stacia started her career as an actress/writer and can be seen in several feature films, including cameo roles in films that she’s directed. As a writer, she has written two novels (Kit Ten, The Space Between) and co-created four original dramatic television series, (Driving Under The Influence, Wildcatters, American Caesar, Senescent) all currently in development.

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Testimonials

She explained what is the Director's job was very very well and broke it down step by step!

-Sharlene R.

Stacia did a great job. She was great!

-Tracey A

If you are thinking of going into the industry it was amazing, hit all the points, and she went above and beyond when she expanded on a lot of her points...like making sure you get your insert shots (which I've been a victim of.). Overall she was great, clear and to the point.

-Ryan H.

Stacia was great. A lot of good information in a clear and concise manner.

-Angel N.

Great information!

-Liz H.

It was interesting to hear from other filmmakers' perspective. I learned a lot about the Director's position, as it relates to Film & TV. I came into this webinar because of my interest in knowing more about the producing/directing side of the industry, and man Stacia really did go in and cover a lot. My mind was soaking up information left and right. Another great webinar!

-Shayne W.

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