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Production Management for Film and Video, 3rd Edition by Richard Gates

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Chapter 15

The Shoot

This is the time when it is discovered if all the preparation has paid off or not.

The only way a production manager knows if the preparation has succeeded is if the shoot goes smoothly, although it should be noted that this does not necessarily mean that the shoot goes precisely to plan. It should be more a case of the plans being sufficiently flexible that they can accommodate any last-minute changes without unduly affecting the overall scheme of the production. This is one area where properly scheduled pick-up times can pay full dividends.

In order for the scheme not to be unduly upset the shoot must be kept under control and this means using similar disciplines to those used for keeping a budget under control, firstly ...

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