Video Production Guiding Questions
Look through the following questions to get a better idea of the process of video production. From Scripting to your Final Cut, these questions will help you formulate a successful product.
Context & Structure
- What is the context of this work?
- What is the historical, cultural, political, and / or conceptual framework?
- Does it follow a 3 - act scheme (Set up, Confrontation, Resolution)
Characters & Casting
- Who are the main characters (protagonist / antagonist)?
- What is each person’s motivation? What does each character want?
- Where is your scene set?
- Why and how is this setting significant?
- What stands out about the setting?
Sketching & Detail
- Does the storyboard include the following?
- Sequence & Duration (i.e. Scene 1, Action 1, MM:SS)
- Dialogue (from your script)
- Camera Work (Camera Angles, Shot Types & Mounting)
- Angle: High angle, Low angle, Eye level, Over the Shoulder
- Shot Types: ECU (Extreme Close-Up), CU (Close-Up), MS (Medium Shot), LS (Long Shot), ELS (Extreme Long Shot)
- Mounting: Hand-held, Tripod, Dollying, Trucking, Crane, Drone, etc
- Production Design Details (Colors, Furniture, Costumes, Blocking / Direction of Movement)
- Music / Sound (REMEMBER: credit your songs)
- Ambient Sound
Who, What, Where, When
- Does the shot list include the following?
- Shot Order and Location
- Duration (how long)
- Props required
- Actors required
Framing (mise en scène)
- What’s in the Shot?
- What is centered (Rule of Thirds, headroom, symmetry)?
- What is excluded?
- How do figures move within the frame?
- Is the shot wide, long, or is it a close up?
- What’s in focus? Is anything blurred? Is there clear figure-ground contrast?
- How is the lighting?
- What other details, such as props are important in the film?
- What camera angles are you using?
- What point of view do the camera angles suggest?
- Is the camera acting as the eyes of a character, or the audience? (POV)
- How does the camera move?
- What effect does camera movement have on viewers?
- Does the film use slow motion?
Mood & Sound
- Is there music?
- How and when is it used?
- What is this effect?
- What mood does it create?
- Are there other sound effects?
- Does the film make use of voice overs? When? What is their effect?
- How is ambient sound used?
- How else, besides music, is the mood created?
How is the film edited?
- Is the rhythm long, short or clipped?
- How are the transitions between shots? (Cross-dissolve, Fade to Black / white, screen wipe L / R, cut, etc.)
- Is there any written text?
3. Are there any Visual Effects?
- Visual FX: Ken Burns, Green Screen, Picture in Picture, etc.
- Audio FX: Garage band sound effects