Preproduction Survey

Once you have signed the production contract, you are ready to begin the film. You are now in for a period of work that can take anywhere from two months to a year or more and falls into three distinct sections: pre-production, production, and postproduction. This chapter deals with the problems and tasks you are likely to encounter during the preproduction phase and all the arrangements you have to make before shooting. It assumes the script has been approved and you can move into action. This is a tremendously important period. Time and effort invested here in coherent planning, which is the essence of preproduction, pays off immensely when you come to the actual shooting.

During preproduction, you have to attend to the following matters:

• Reviewing people and location

• Selecting the crew

• Selecting equipment

• Drawing up the shooting schedule

• Obtaining permissions

• Dealing with problems of foreign locations

During the preproduction period, you have the opportunity to look at the script a few more times. When you began writing it, your key consideration was that it be accepted by the sponsor; you are now beyond that stage, and you should probably reconsider the script as a plan of action.

Preproduction is a useful time to stand back and ask yourself these questions: Does it really say something? Does it have vision? Does it have a point of view? Are the main ideas still valid? This questioning is not a once-and-for-all process. It should be something that goes on (at least subconsciously) through all the film stages. But the preproduction period is an especially good time to do this because you can still make a lot of changes, whereas once you start filming, such changes become much harder and more expensive.

Film Making

Film Making

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