General Flicks Stuff

flicks. Agenda

This is what I would like to do at our first meeting of the year, or before if we can:

  • Determine how long everyone's scripts are.
  • Determine what groups will be assigning actors and what groups will have auditions. (I want to hold auditions)
  • If more than one group wants to hold auditions, how will actors be divided up?
    • Will we be doing something like draft picks, where all the groups hold the same audition, and each group picks what actors they want?
    • Will we give the auditioners free choice to which movie they want to be in? (free choice. hah)
    • etc.
  • Determine a working schedule of shoots. (I will be expecting that everyone knows where they want to shoot scenes by this time. Most likely one day will be assigned to one area, depending on how much acting is done in that area.)
  • Set up a milestone system. Milestones that aren't met will mean more work for a group to do. Each milestone should have certain criteria to be met.
    • Milestones will be more usable for the post-production phase than anything because we'll have the schedule set up for shoots. If you miss your designated shoot date for any reason, you must find a way to make up for it.
  • I would like all the groups to assign an assistant director, or producer, or someone of influence whose main job is the fill in if the Director cannot make it to a shoot, etc. We don't have enough time to cancel a shoot because the Director is unable to come. Make sure you assign someone who has a similar artistic view as you, or else the shoots that the assistant's in control of will probably appear different from the rest of the movie.
  • If anyone can think of anything, please add.

Stuff that should be done before the first meeting:

  • A Script
  • Storyboarding
  • Site Visits (find your shoot locations)
  • Not necessarily what days you would like to shoot, but how shoots/scenes will be divided up into days. Also determine if 2 or more scenes can be reasonably shot in one day, and times of days for the shoots.
  • Would like it if any props that will be used for the movie would be ready.
  • Wardrobe or good idea of what you want your actors to (consistently) wear.
  • Anything else?

The Question of Cussing in Movies

  • I know I've posted this here a couple of times, but I feel I'll never hear the end of it anyway, so here I am saying it again. I finally asked Rufkahr if we could cuss in our movies. His response was simply:
  • (11:54:43 PM) Rufkahr: School Club = No Cussing.
  • So that's that. Don't cuss in your movies.

A Little Activity I Plan to Do With My Actors

I don't know if other directors want to do this, but this is what I plan to do when I have all of my actors picked out.
First of all I'm going to pick a location, preferably a public place, probably a park and all of my actors are going to bring a chair or something there and we will form a large circle. One person will be assigned to be a narrator, probably me and we will run through the script three times.

The first time we run through it, I'm not going to criticize anything. I just want to see how my actors interpret their parts.
The second time through, I'm going to stop my actors, make them do parts over etc. Make sure they understand what I want of them.
The third time through will be me making sure they understand what I want of them.

This will hopefully
1: Familiarize the actors with their lines
2: Give me different interpretations on the script
3: Give the actors some idea of what I want from them.
4: Allow actors time to practice with other actors.

The reason I want to do this is a public/somewhat public place is so that the I can get the actors to overcome any shyness. If they can't do it in a park, they can't do it anywhere.

I would like to film this, at least the third time though. also so that I can analyze to see how they do and make adjustments.

This is a variation of something I heard Al Pachino say he does on Larry King a few nights ago..

Copyrighting Scripts:

Ok, once all of our scripts are done, I'd like to have them copyrighted. The current fee for a copyright is $45. You can decide, within your groups, whether to copyright it with one or multiple authors. I think 3 is the max on the form.

http://www.copyright.gov/forms/formpai.pdf

That is the form for a performing arts work. I think we'll discuss who will pay for these, how to do it, etc. at a meeting or something. Just letting people know. If we don't copyright the scripts we should at least copyright the movies, which ultimately may be the way to go. Spending $45 * 4 twice is not the optimal way to go. Once will be expensive enough.

Alternative to copyrighting:

I don't really care if people read my script, but I do want some protections of my work. There is something called Creative Commons licensing. It's free, yes that's free, and allows people to freely read and distribute your work. If the author wishes to, he can reserve some rights, such as commercial usage of the work without permission. That's basically the sole reason I would want to use a copyright, and here it is. Like said, I don't care if thousands of people read my script and whatnot, even made spinoff movies, as unlikely as it is, but what I don't want is someone selling my work without my permission. That's what Creative Commons licensing protects. For more information:
http://creativecommons.org/license/

I think this would be the best option for licensing our scripts. For our movies, I don't know yet. Perhaps still copyright them or just do this. If we don't copyright them, but use creative commons, then people can legally distribute our movies, but does that matter. We wouldn't/can't sue anyway.

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