Saturday, April 30, 2011

Drop that BOX!!!

Once a production moves out of the Garden level, things get complicated.  Pre-Production, preparing before the camera is turned on, becomes key.  Communication is at the heart of preproduction.  One of the best tools I have found to keep the production humming along is Dropbox.

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Most people use it for saving work files to be used at a different location (doing work at home).  But for film production, it is gold!  It is simple to use, works just like a folder in your library.  But the best part is you can invite anyone to the folder.  

In other words, lets say you have an art director who takes a pic of a dress for the lead and want to find out if it matches.  Put in a folder named art direction and the director can look at her convenience and approve it.  Making separate folders for separate departments keeps the chain of command focused, which helps immensely when you get to principal photography.  


Even if you havn't worked in film, you have probably heard of the term"we'll fix it in post". In other words, a shot for the film didn't work and somehow it will be fixed while editing the film together. Well, when a problem arises in preproduction, I say, "lets make a dropbox folder". And a happy producer I am!

19 comments:

B Jeezy April 30, 2011 at 2:00 PM  

sounds pretty cool

The Suit April 30, 2011 at 2:03 PM  

Seems like a pretty good service.

Xiism April 30, 2011 at 2:08 PM  

Already knew about this but it's a really good tool anyhow

Jay Reid April 30, 2011 at 5:54 PM  

It's great :)

apothecarie April 30, 2011 at 7:01 PM  

this is really useful, thanks for posting. following!

lacrosseman April 30, 2011 at 7:18 PM  

very useful for someone like me

Fwission April 30, 2011 at 7:25 PM  

Oh I love using dropbox! I use it to transfer my minecraft saves all the time. VERY handy blog lots of people don't know about it.

Also if you join a referal you get extra dropbox space. I think it can go up to 10gigs(?)

thoff74 April 30, 2011 at 7:28 PM  

sounds useful! Following.

Titan of 2012 April 30, 2011 at 7:35 PM  

that sounds really useful!

TMH April 30, 2011 at 7:43 PM  

I've been using drop box for quite a while now. The business I work with uses it, it's great

JamesTrain April 30, 2011 at 7:45 PM  

I love dropbox, so handy for sharing files with friends.

Blogging Skater April 30, 2011 at 7:51 PM  

i use this program for gaming clips

Titan of 2012 April 30, 2011 at 11:09 PM  

sounds great!

sp3nny May 1, 2011 at 2:18 AM  

nice post! thanks

MrMrGoose May 1, 2011 at 2:29 AM  

Sounds really interesting will definitely check it out!

Puff Jay May 1, 2011 at 3:56 AM  

Have never rly tested this

Dav0h May 1, 2011 at 4:30 AM  

My friends use this for their movies. I've always wanted to check it out but never really knew what it did...

Dave May 1, 2011 at 6:08 PM  

I use dropblox from time to time, great service

AJay17 May 1, 2011 at 8:03 PM  

I love dropbox. Have you completed all of the tasks to get free space?

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