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Meet, Greet And Next Projects

Following up to last meetup, we are glad that people came out for the free screening and had a blast. But we didn't get to discuss next projects, upcoming events and help each other on production development. Sssoooo . . . let do it. Bring your current projects, things in development, cast & crew networking skills. 

Here's what's on the agenda:

 --) Scope. Let's clarify and agree on the scope of the project (short film? one-day shoot? etc.)

 --) Producer. We need someone with production experience to take the helm in organizing the project and making sure that it comes to completion. [Rule of thumb: the more beginners are involved in the crew, the more experienced the producer should be.]

 --) Director. If possible, we should also try to get a director right away. The director will work with the writing team to develop the story and turn the script into a do-able shooting screenplay.

 --) Script process. Depending on whether it's a one- or two-day shoot (and we have a director committed to creating a quality product), the screenplay will need to be under five or ten pages. We also have to decide whether we want to write a script from scratch (ala 48-hour contest) or take the time to develop an existing script. [If all you have are script outlines, I encourage you to please get to work on hammering out a preliminary draft and bring it.] 

--) Cinematographer/Camera. Operator bring a demo reel, copy of project history and equipment you own. It very important to know equipment compatibility with two and three camera productions. 

--) Cast and Production assistants. Actors/Actress that willing to help on the production side of the camera are encouraged to attend. Most short films and Indy project utilize dual roles in a lot of cases to maximize time and resources. And of course it easier to stand out if you are always around helping the crew . . . hint, hint.

Finally this is called a preliminary production meeting. Yes, there will be other meeting before we start shooting ( ie. pre production, script review, casting and etc.). Once principal crew and production elements have been chosen, the adjustments/changes will be limited to project needs.  Hopefully everybody can have some input and goal setting at the first few meetings. We will start meeting regularly as soon as we nail down a few more piece of the project.



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  • Stephen P.

    Great turnout with a lot of exciting opportunities for novice and vets to work on projects. Next 2 to 3 meetup should set the pace for tier and peer work projects.

    4 · July 3, 2014

    • Eric

      Sorry that I could not get to MetUp,yesterday as there were huge traffic jams on the roads, I turned back the halfway.I left home(Gurnee) on 5:30 pm and was near the "Cicero" ext. at 8:00 still remained a half way to the MetUp parking:)

      July 3, 2014

    • Tom O.

      Great group! So, how to get involved as a novice interested in the movie production process & you-tube posting. Is there a group project?

      July 3, 2014

  • Jasmin

    I am sorry I could not attend yesterday due to work obligations; however, I am looking forward to the next one. I'll certainly be there!

    July 3, 2014

  • Tamara R

    I really enjoyed the feedback everyone gave. Looking forward to working with everyone at some point.

    1 · July 3, 2014

  • Justin J.

    Met great people, looking forward to planning some projects

    2 · July 3, 2014

  • Brian

    great meeting with some like-minded folks!

    2 · July 3, 2014

  • Beth B.

    Enjoyed meeting everyone! I'm looking forward to seeing the work that will be done, collectively and individually.

    1 · July 3, 2014

  • E M.

    As usual I came away with inspiration, ideas, and information. The tiered structure will be helpful for me. Thanks and Blessings!

    2 · July 3, 2014

  • Calvin

    A lot of good information shared tonight. Thank you all so much.
    If you have other ideas feel free to email.

    2 · July 3, 2014

  • Christina S.

    I'm out of town and bummed that I'll miss this one.

    June 18, 2014

  • Michael

    It's been a while since I attended screenwriting meetups. Love to see what's going on in the group and how I can help and learn.

    June 17, 2014

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