Before the start of principal photography, key personnel are given the then-final version of the script. Each member prepares the script according to his or her specific job.
There is a period known as prep time. The number of days or weeks allotted for prep time depends on the complexity of the script, the number of shooting days—and the budget.
During this period, you will be conscientiously preparing your script—that is, breaking it down according to the procedures outlined in the previous pages. The better you have prepared your script, the better control you will have during the hectic days of shooting out of continuity.
Before filming begins, a production meeting is ...