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Make Your Movie by Barbara Freedman Doyle

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Chapter 7

The Politics of Development

DEVELOPMENT HELL

There are several stages to making a movie, and each can be brief or take years. There is the crafting or finding of the idea, then the writing of one or many drafts, or the optioning of the material that is the basis for that writing. These are the first stages of development. When a project is in development, it means that the idea/novel/article/script draft is being transformed from whatever it was when you started to a ready-to-shoot project. Development usually includes attaching creative elements. An attachment is an agreement that links a director and/or cast member (the elements) to the project in order to enhance its value and hasten the decision that it will be worth the money to ...

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