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Picture Yourself Directing a Movie by Eric Nicholas

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Chapter 2. Getting Ready to Shoot

Getting Ready to Shoot

TO FIGURE OUT HOW MUCH your film is going to cost to make, you need a finished script. Now that you have one, you can prepare a realistic budget. Given your circumstances, your budget will be very small: a few thousand bucks at most, and probably much less. Hopefully, your available resources were at the forefront of your mind while you were writing the script and you haven’t gotten in over your head. In any event, the following process will tell you very quickly whether you can afford to shoot what you wrote.

Scheduling

YOUR FIRST STEP IS TO SET a timetable for your movie, covering pre-production through post-production. ...

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