9 Steps On How To Produce A Video

I'm Not Ready For My Close-up, Mr. DeMille

Mar 9, 2011 by

Have you always dreamed of producing a film or documentary? It’s not as easy as it looks! Here are some tips about the realities of making moving pictures that I’ve learned.

1. Creative brainstorming. This usually happens when you are procrastinating. Like when it’s time to clean the kitchen or break up with the guy you have been dating for 7 months.

2. Planning. The key part of this is to be realistic about what resources you actually have at hand as opposed to what, say, they have at Pixar Studios. Pixar Studios has access to a 3-D scanner. I don’t have a copy of After Effects at home, just PhotoShop Extended.

3. Then the stress of working out all the crap. Seeking the basics of what you need and getting teams together. Who has a 1960’s era suitcase I can borrow? Where can we shoot in the Atlanta area without getting shot?

4. Calming the storms. Will any cast members have to go into rehab just before taping? Will production geeks get a better gig or get pissed and leave when one of their rivals join the crew? Creatives always know a better way. Their way. You have to explain yourself a lot and win people over to your way of thinking. The producer is always an idiot.

5. Then wigging out and losing sleep and rushing around like a crazy person right before. Try not to forget to eat and drink. My stomach growled throughout the voice taping of my SJP episode because I forgot to eat.

6. The mayhem ensues on your shoot. Any shoot. It’s not for the faint of heart. People forget stuff. Things go wrong. Equipment fails. Someone wants you to get off their property or some BS like that…Producers and production fight.

7. Edit the sucker and think of what you could have done better, damn it.

8. Show the damn thing already. You are sick of looking at it.

9. Repeat.

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Jacki Schklar is a video and interactive content producer in Atlanta, Georgia. Her main interests are marketing, comedy production, web publishing and cooking. Everyone asks her if she is a comedian and/or tells her she should open a restaurant, neither of which appeal to her. She publishes a website featuring funny female producers, writers and comedians called . FunnyNotSlutty Original Videos have been featured by Funny or Die, BestViral.com, TVGuide.com and Internet Video Magazine.
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  1. Thanks Debra,

    Sure, let’s talk! I have worked at a few TV stations but here are some of my comedy web vids:

    You have a good point about the legal prep, very important stuff!

  2. Debra Pearlman

    Jacki, as a fellow filmmaker I would say you got it just about right. As a documentary producer I would add the step of secure the exclusive story rights in step 1.5. You sure don’t want to see your great story idea broadcast on 60 Minutes before you have a chance to flush the story out.

    As to the After Effects and 3D Scanner, give me a call….I don’t have the scanner but can handle effects editing and would love to work on an atsGf video using our wonderful authors as the subjects. I’ve got cameras, sound gear and editing. AS they say, we should talk! Debra

  3. Jacki – Thanks for the “in Jacki Style” tips; and the reminder that sometimes you just have to chill to make things work!

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