My brother and I worked with Wovax to find a good direction for the script. I consider this the most vital step in projects like this. WIth a short video, you don't have much wiggle room on set, so you need your base to be solid from the start. It took a few iterations to get this right, but it was worth the time.
We only had about 6 hours on set, and were in 2 different locations. We shot in raw on a Blackmagic Production Camera 4K, on Xeen lenses. Adobe CC has a pretty good proxy workflow now, so I was able to do 90% of the work using low resolution versions of the raw files. After getting the first edit pass done in Premiere, I just moved the entire project over to After Effects for the animation. We had to go through a few iterations in this stage, but the way I structured my project made it easy to switch out designs and small animation components. I colored the entire project using Adobe Camera Raw inside After Effects. This was slightly problematic, because I could only color a single frame at a time, but I was able to get the basic look based on one frame, then adjust in After Effects as needed.
With a shoot this quick, given the budget I had, I had to make sure I had planned out as much as possible beforehand. From the start, I knew how many shots I wanted, the angles I wanted, and what I needed from the actors. We had to make a few adjustments on the fly, but there was no second-guessing. That level of preparation is necessary to ensure a smooth day on set.
Another friend of mine who works at Wovax posted this video on Facebook, with a comment about how great it is to have skilled and talented friends. I know everyone who helped with this video personally, and I agree wholeheartedly. The cast, the crew, the writer, the homeowners, and the people at Wovax are all friends of mine. I was very happy to work with all of them and hope to do it again many times in the future.