Create a storyboard (images and text) that will form the basic guide to your 30 second film. Include camera angle, camera movements, lens choice and timings. From this storyboard compile a production schedule (where, when and how).
Celtx (http://celtx.com/) is free media pre-production software designed for creating and organizing media projects like screenplays, films, videos, stageplays, audio plays, documentaries, machinima, comics, games and podcasts.
My story is going to be about inspiration and preparation for a trip to Japan. Rather than sketch, I find it quicker to take a photo on my iPhone and load it into my Celtx project. My final storyboard [PDF] (new window) and production schedule [PDF] (new window) have been created. I have my actress on standby. Let’s shoot!