Making A Movie
November 3, 2010
So what is a pre-production stage? I’ll give you a brief answer—it’s a surveying, managing and negotiating process. It can be long and it can be frustrating process, but it all depends what you are looking for and how do you handle with the hard situations. Print it and save!
YOU CAN ALSO CALL IT YOUR “HONEY TO DO LIST”
- Complete the final script, revise, copy and distribute it to your cast and crew
- Breakdown the script
- Scout locations. Scout alternative locations (!). It will be your plan “B”
- Make photos of your locations store and number them with your scenes in separate folder
- Create production schedule draft
- Set up production office and bring on necessary items and stuff. Computers, fax, Xerox, phones.
- Prepare insurance, bank accounts and company structure.
- Secure the locations in writing forms
- Begin scheduling auditions for principal actors and extras. Contact the local talented agencies, serf on line; look at the 411 book (USA). Look for non-SAG (non-union), possibly free amateur actors and save the money!
- Looks for crew members, gaffers, operators, DP, DA, DC and other assistants if they need, in the same way non-union.
- Begin the set construction and decoration (I suggest to avoid the second step if you are in a micro-budget use real sets)
- Find local renting vendors. Negotiate with them for camera, films and accessories.
- Find some info about post-production services and contact them about prices.
DO NOT START YOUR PRODUCTION UNTIL YOU’RE NOT FINISHED THIS LIST!
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