It can be argued that the Director is the most importantperson when creating a short film trailer. As a director i willbe responsible for the location of the filming. My main role will be to go out and decide where is best to shoot if necessary consulting people to ask if its possible for us to film in a specific location. Being a director is more than choosing the location for the filming. Its about reading and discussing the synopsis with the actors and makingsure that they are reliable and committed. I have created a storyboard which is just a brief notes about what will be included in the scenes, i have also taken pictures to give a rough idea about what the trailer will be about, but then again, thats what the synopsis is for.
The role the Producer carries out is in a way similar tothat of a Director. Being a producer means that i willbe the first one on the film and the last one off.Generally , i will be the one who has found thescreenplay and are involved in all aspects of the filmmaking process. My role is also to be certain that thecosts for filming in a specific location is allowed. Therole of a Location manager slightly ties in with that ofa producer, i will be organising location scouting andtaking care of everything associated with shooting alocation i.e. getting permission to shoot in places likehotels.
Creating awareness about the upcoming film byproducing the short trailer and most importantlyshooting stills of the chosen casts in their costumes,this will give the audience a hint about who will playwhat roles. Printing and distributing stills tojournalists to create awareness and publicity as well aswriting the release notes to go with the launch of thetrailer.
Deciding whether the sound will be re -dubbed or not. If it is re-dubbedmy role is record separately afterwards or before. Its easier to recordsound separately because this allows you to edit the sound to fit thescenes you want.There are others roles that Deborah will carry out, we will also be sharinga few roles together because Ive noticed that two heads are better thanone when working together. One of the roles that Deborah will beresponsible for is the role of Script writing. Seeing that writing a script fora short trailer is not an easy job i told her that i would be much better ifshe created a Script Breakdown Sheet. This is the process of logging eachsignificant element needed for production of a scene (such as cast,costumes, special effects, cars and stunts) onto a breakdown sheet. Thepurpose is to create a means of communication and documentationbetween the production team and other departments so that they areinformed of what has to be produced and by when. Another reason is tobreak down a script is because you cant effectively budget a film untilyou have identified your required item