Chapter 7

The Production Path

Overview

The production path is divided into three phases: preproduction, production, and postproduction. Workflows are developed for each production phase with the aim of optimizing the collective efforts of the production team. The saying “You can have it good, fast, or cheap, but you can only have two of the three” summarizes the forces that influence soundtrack development (Figure 7.1). In practice, “good” costs money, “fast” costs money, and too often there is “no” money. Of the three options, making it good is least negotiable. Therefore, the effective management of resources (time being the greatest) is key to the success of any animated film.

Figure 7.1 Production Triangle

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