I’ve been laying the groundwork to start production on some more cinematic poetry short films.
Pre-production is just as, if not more important, than any other phase of production because the work done will set the tone for the rest of the project. Solid locations, props, and personnel are the corner stone of any great film, whether short or feature length—big, or small budget.
That being said, I’m currently in the pre-production phase of two short films from two different series: The Dark Versus (if you’re not familiar, check out episode one here), and a yet-to-be-named series. This yet-to-be-named series is a collaboration between myself and two very talented individuals that I graduated with. I’ve already filmed the first episode of this series, and am now just a few short steps away from beginning principal production on the second. The plan is for three total short films.
From the set of an unreleased cinematic poetry short film.
Locations are always tough when there isn’t a bunch of money being thrown at a project. Lucky for me, I’m shooting this second episode of the yet-to-be-named series in the great outdoors. I knew, from camping and another project back in school (read a great story about how I almost died during that project here), that Sandilands Provincial Forest has a really great look to it. There are certain places where the trees are tall and spread apart, and the needles choke the ground, and only the hardiest of shrubs grow. This is ideal for hiking in, and, as it turns out, for shooting in. The only issue was finding the right place.
This first place I found wouldn’t work, as the brush was up to my chest, and far to thick to pass through with any semblance of ease.
But the next place was very close to perfect. The ground was kind of sandy, and the brush was short. The only issue I had was that there weren’t enough trees.
Then I found this place.
It came complete with an eerie vibe as well. Perfect for setting the mood of the project.
Next week I’ll share some shots from a prop build for the next episode of The Dark Verses.