Preproduction: So I just recently finished writing my first ever webseries, and although I’ve written other projects, this is the first thing I’ve ever actually wanted to produce and make come to life. Thus meaning I basically have 0 experience, outside of assistant and background work, to make this a real life living web series. I recently contacted someone who lives nearby who has done numerous projects to help me out. He says he’s down, and now I’m excited.
Here in lies my question: Again, like I said, I have NO experience working on a set so I’m not too too sure about what it is that needs to be done for preproduction. I have audition sides set aside, I already made a call sheet, and organized a sheet of the page numbers/ext or int shots/who’s in the scene/what props/wardrobe/ect…, but I don’t know what else to do! I really don’t want to just throw all responsibility to him because 1) It is my project and of course therefore my metaphorical child and 2) I don’t want to seem like I’m using him. I want to be useful, but I don’t know what it is I can do beforehand to be useful before he gives the %100 go ahead to work on this series with me. As well as I don’t know what it is I can do that doesn’t require previous know-how of camera work/lighting/among the finer details of film making.
Basically TLDR; How does one pretend to be a useful human being during preproduction when they have basically no prior experience on a film set.