Guest Blogger: Lamont Jack Pearley
FILMMAKING TUTORIALS: Turn your home computer into a production and post-production suite.
For the all around ﬁlmmaker, you can turn your personal computer into a production suite, where you can create, write and produce your film and once shot, edit your footage, all with a virtual production ofﬁce and editing suite. All you need is a couple of key programs, the will and determination, along with a few trust worthy hard working industry professionals. Letʼs start with a program I hold dear to my heart: Celtx. This program takes the ﬁlmmaker, ﬁlmmaking team and ﬁlmmaking process to the next level because itʼs an all-in-one media pre-production program. Being able to produce documents for any type of visual media: film, tv and even theater. Celtx is great for the entire production process from script writing to story boarding scenes and sequences, sketch setups, character development, breakdown & tag elements, production scheduling and cast/crew reports. This takes a huge ﬁnancial strain off of the production because you donʼt have to rent a physical ofﬁce, but work, inform and interact with your team from anywhere at any time.
As we know, nothing worth having is free, however, I must say with a starting price of $4.99/month for 1 – 5 users, the Celtx Studio screams “Write it, Shoot it, Work it”. This is also very powerful because it saves time and the confusion of emails and phone calls and reduces the need for costly meetings and courier services. You are actually able to give live direction and feedback during project development and perform re-writes and tweaks in a collaborative screenplay in real time.
We must also discuss the late and great Final Cut Pro, the full studio suite, which will allow you to edit high quality high deﬁnition footage, color grade, audio clean up and sound design and mix/master your project to completion. Similar to Celtx, Final Cut Pro includes built-in tools that make it easy to work collaboratively, whether youʼre in the same building or on the other side of the world. By sending your video to the iChat theater everyone involved can see the same footage while you view dailies, select shots, and make edits. You can instantly switch the iChat view between clips and sequences as you talk and turn on a time code overlay to help identify speciﬁc frames. Again, can we say “Write it, Shoot it, Work it”.
Out of the main two programs you would need to make your computer production studio, Final Cut Pro would be the most expensive, however, once again we eliminate the cost of courier services and the like. Not to mention you wouldnʼt have to wait 24-72 hours to receive, digitize and make changes
To close out, I would also make sure to own an external drive of at least 2 terabytes and connect that to your computer for any projects youʼre working on. With all this in place, you now have a production studio all on your computer! Now go “Write it, Shoot it, Work it”!
Written By Lamont Jack Pearley for Film Anthropology