Filmmaking is a complex process throughout all stages, from formulating an idea through post-production. Fortunately, there are several tools available to streamline the process and avoid delays.
Cloud-Based Office Suites
There are plenty of options for office suites, especially during the writing stage. Keeping all the scriptwriting and editing confined to a cloud-based office suite will make it easier for numerous writers to contribute their ideas and make final changes to the script. Generally, these types of office suites allow you to see changes in real time. You can also use video conferencing software so you can interact with your writers at a round table at any time of day, no matter where you are located. Since cloud-based office suites allow for more flexibility, it is easier for more people to participate in the process, even if they are not local and cannot travel.
Film Scheduling Apps
When your entire production crew is in sync by using a film crew scheduling app, the process of filmmaking will be less disrupted by abrupt changes that often happen during production. Typically, a film scheduling app will allow you to organize your filming schedule by scene. Since you will include specific details about each scene, such as camera setup, lighting, actors, and location, you can easily adjust your schedule as conditions change and still be on schedule. For example, if you are planning to film an outdoor scene, only to realize the weather will be bad, you can quickly compensate by reorganizing your schedule and shooting an indoor scene. Since all the information is at your fingertips, everyone involved in filming can know quickly, with less time wasted adapting to a new schedule.
Task Management Software
The fundamental goal of task management software is to easily delegate parts of a larger task. This type of software can be especially critical during the filming stage and in post-production since there are numerous "moving parts" that must come together for the creation of a final product. You can assign wardrobe and set design tasks to different people, and each person can easily log in to the software and see what other people are doing and if they have completed their assignment. Fortunately, this reduces the instance of miscommunication which can create overlap between responsibilities or a task can be forgotten. Task management software can make it easier for multiple film editors to work on the post-production simultaneously and put the edited pieces together later, saving time and money.
Using a number of tools during filmmaking will make the process go smoother and will make it easier to keep everyone on the same page.