So, we have three stages of film production; pre-production, production, and post production.
We've spent most of our time here discussing pre-production, as this stage is really so, so important. We get it right here, we have the chance of getting it right in production. What do I mean by this? Well, pre-production is our foundation. Like building the foundation to a house - it supports everything. So if we build a strong foundation, we will be on good ground come production time.
The main elements of pre-production we've discussed thus far are:
• developing and writing the script
• creating a film proposal
• fund raising
The next main points of pre-production are: securing your locations, casting your actors, assembling the crew, breaking down the script , creating a shooting schedule and coming up with a budget.
Let’s start with what I call The Big 3: LOCATIONS, ACTORS, CREW. I refer to them as the big three because that’s exactly what they are. Once you’ve cast your film, assembled your crew and have all locations locked down, you’ve basically finished the majority of your pre-pro work.
So, in the next post we'll discuss; how important they are what kind kind of plan you need to secure them.