Directing One: Pre-Production

Pre-production is undoubtedly the most important part of making a movie. Pre-production begins the moment that you have two things: script lock and financing. Script lock is when you are completely, perfectly happy with the script and you don’t want to change a thing. Financing is simply having the money in the bank waiting to be spent.

This is the time when you assemble the puzzle. The job that sits before you, the producer, and the UPM and Location Manager is to figure out how you are going to get everything where you want it and when you need it there.

The first step is to finalize your schedule. You have had a preliminary schedule that had the script broken down and the schedule was broken down by scene and location. If your preliminary schedule is done right and you scheduled your locations correctly there will be hardly any changes. This goes back to preparing. When you are putting together your schedule for the first time you want to think about anything that could happen. Pay particular attention to how long you need crew members.


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