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The Complete Film Production Handbook, 4th Edition by Eve Light Honthaner

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Chapter 6

Pre–Production

WHAT IS PRE–PRODUCTION?

You’ve been successful in raising independent financing for your picture or the studio, network or cable network has given you a green light on your project, and you’re ready to start pre–production. Pre–production is the period of time used to plan and prepare for the shooting and completion of your film. It’s the time in which to:

Produce a final script

Schedule and budget your show

Locate and set up production offices

Hire a staff and crew

Cast the film

Meet with department heads, get realistic cost estimates, refine the budget and make sure your film can be done for the amount of money it’s budgeted for

Have the script researched and all necessary clearances secured

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