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Joshua Iyer

Summer 2013 Film: Pre-Production Part 1/?

May 25, 2013 at 3:30 AM

Today, I'm going to talk about the pre-production process that's been going on for our summer film! I gathered a group of friends who could possibly help film, act, and direct during a couple days over the summer. Pre-production has been a lot of fun, and I've actually started some music, although there isn't a whole lot I can do with it... yet.

The first step was coming up with the story for the film, which was partly my friend's idea. I wrote a script, coming up with a list of characters, a time frame, plot, etc. I had some feedback on it, so I've been working on shaping it and editing it so it's near-perfect by the first day we film, so we don't have to worry about it.

After the script was basically done, I started drafting ideas and instrumentations for various pieces. I've come up with five different pieces that will be heard throughout the movie, three character themes, two plot development themes, and a sixth piece that will basically be a medley of all of this stuff that could be played for Pops. Or something... I might have to add a sixth piece, depending on what I feel like doing later. Anyways, I also came up with instrumentation for each piece. Some pieces are lightly scored, but most of them aren't. (I'm trying not to give away anything here!) I've also noted in the film script when I want each theme to start playing, so I can work with that while writing. Obviously, since it's based on the screen, I can't actually write out a whole piece and expect it to be perfect, so what I did was I wrote various motifs (ideas for various characters or themes, for example the chase theme) and then put them into Finale. I left blanks so I can work around the theme. When we finish filming a scene late-June or early-July or whenever, I can check it out with the music after the editing is done and fit it in exactly perfectly with any additions.

So it's been a fun process, pre-production. I think I'll have to act in this film, so hopefully I'll do alright. I hope to put it on YouTube when it's done at the end of the summer (hopefully!). All I can do right now is wait. Ha, that's one of the lines in the film. I'll try to keep you updated on production throughout the summer (as well as any other cool violin/music things I do!) and hopefully you'll be able to see the finished product in all its glory come August.

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