Pre-Production

Pitching etc.

Your 10 Minute Pitch (10 Slides tops!):

  • Printed (nd in PDF format) handout in colour for Cormac and Mark.
  • Logo should be evident throughout. Stamp on each page for example.
  • Colour palette should be chosen for the animation and matched on the presentation and handout for commonality.
  • Name and Logo
  • Introduction to Project, Background story elevator pitch- one page summary.
  • Target Audience and USP (What makes it original or what makes it a money machine?)
    • Who is the target of the pitch?
  • Character pages- Main characters both Protagonists and Antagonists.
    • Include character traits, why are they in the animation? abilities etc.
  • The Story- Short description of an episode or the animation.
  • Style guide- Include Similar sample animations, links to videos or stills.
  • Storyboards- If you have storyboards add them- if they are very rough do not.
    • Do not add anything which takes away from the presentation.
  • Use templates for your pages- It looks professional and keeps the presentation on point.
  • Marketing- Where will it go next? Will there be more episodes etc..
  • Possible technology, equipment needed or a very rough production plan.
  • Past Experiences
  • Crew needed and suggestions
  • Budgeting
  • Surprises are USPs… add them…. maybe not all.
  • Your powerpoint should have very little text. Your text that you need to disseminate should be on the hand out. Powerpoint is just hints and visuals.
  • Try and keep the pitch concise and short. This will be developed as the project grows. Pitch book sub 10 pages, Pitch presentation sub 10 slides.
Pre Production documents and Information- FILM

Depending on your project your pre-production pack should contain some or all of the following pieces.

  1. Script
    A script is the outline of the story and contains main dialogue actions and locations in a standard script format. To find out more about scripts and the script format you can look at the document here: ScriptWritingFormat
  2. Storyboards
    Storyboards should be treated as a living breathing document that can change throughout the project. As well as showing the key framing of shots it should include information such as location, a description of the action, camera moves, special effects, props etc. This acts as an alternative to a “shot breakdown list” This is an example of a storyboard …. annotations are added afterwards. Check this page above for more information on storyboarding and some sample template. These may be hand drawn, photographs etc. They are not necessarily works of art!
  3. Animatic.
    An animatic should include key scenes, camera movements etc. It’s is primarily used for timing and is invaluable for editing the film later on. It will allow you to make decisions early on in the length each scene should be and the speed of main action. Here is a very rough example. https://vimeo.com/243404229
  4. Shooting Script
    The shooting script will outline the key components of a shoot. these are brief documents. Hre is an example shooting script: Shooting Script
  5. Location Scouting and Location Lists
    Sometime included in the storyboard but more often a separate document so as scheduling etc can be easily made. This would also usually include test photos of the location or reference images as well.
  6. Style reference
    What is the film going to look like as regards style, colour, grading etc? Is there similar examples. Include these for the production team!
  7. Props and Costumes etc
    Often overlooked but location will often be more effective with specific props in place, a picture here a blanket there etc. The set should be “set” and this needs planned. Also the clothese ete that your characters wear etc need to be thought up and maintained throughout the shoot! Do not tear them! Do not spill paint on them!
  8. Scheduling/ Gantt chart
    Schedule of your shots, your edit and your release dates.
  9. The Elevator Pitch
    Describe the film production in 2 lines. it refers to a brief description of a project that explains the concept in a way that any listener can understand it in a short period of time. https://screencraft.org/2019/03/11/how-writers-can-master-the-elevator-pitch/
  10. Brand the Project
    Getting a name and a brand of some sort for the project early on is very important. This should reflect the overall look and feel of the project. Research logos. Research Styles. Research Fonts etc…

You may find these articles of use for you:

https://www.studiobinder.com/blog/the-complete-pre-production-process/

 

http://www.storyboardthat.com/articles/f/preproduction-checklist-for-film\

A Step-by-Step Guide to Pre-Production for Film and Video

 

 

 

 

Pre-Production Documents- ANIMATION

<h3>Animation Pitch Example:</h3>
<a href=”https://www.scribd.com/document/118981476/Bravest-Warriors-Pitch-Bible”>https://www.scribd.com/document/118981476/Bravest-Warriors-Pitch-Bible</a>

Making a Picth Doc pt1:

https://cartoonpitchpro.com/animation-pitch-bible-guide/

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<h3>Resource: Layout Design Principles:</h3>
<a href=”https://designschool.canva.com/blog/visual-design-composition/”>https://designschool.canva.com/blog/visual-design-composition/</a>

<a href=”https://designschool.canva.com/blog/visual-design-composition/”>https://designschool.canva.com/blog/design-rules/</a>
<h3>Resource: Adobe Colour Matching Tool</h3>
<a href=”https://color.adobe.com/create/color-wheel/”>https://color.adobe.com/create/color-wheel/</a>
<h3>Resource:: QRCode Generator:</h3>
<a href=”http://www.qr-code-generator.com/?PID=1108&amp;kw=qr%20codes&amp;gclid=CjwKEAjwkJfABRDnhbPlx6WI4ncSJADMQqxdPfQvwW4C2raKbnq9mAjBVuKN8UW2Ng6KH0aiELmLWxoCq5Tw_wcB”>Available here</a>
<h3>Layout examples and inspiration:</h3>

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