There are two ways of putting a program together.

•  One way is to leap out with a camera and start shooting. This is the fun way and you may get away with it. But the chances are that it will be a disaster and even if it isn’t, you could have wasted a good deal of time, money and other people’s goodwill.

•  The other way is to prepare as thoroughly as you can. There are a hundred and one things you may need to do in pre-production and you’re unlikely to have done them all before you start to shoot. Pre-production tasks have a habit of dragging on into the later stages as well.

First there’s going to be a bit of paperwork. You will need to draw up a production schedule. If your program is being made to a deadline it ...

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