So what is a pre-production stage? I’ll give you a brief answer—it’s a surveying, managing and negotiating process. It can be long and it can be frustrating process, but it all depends what you are looking for and how do you handle with the hard situations. Before going to shoot your movie you should to prepare a whole pack of things like official papers, contract forms, location maps, location agreement, actor agreement, script breakdown, shooting schedule, call sheets, etc. Print and save this list!
YOU CAN ALSO CALL IT YOUR “HONEY TO DO LIST”
- Complete the final script, revise, copy and distribute it to your cast and crew
- Breakdown the script
- Scout locations. Scout alternative locations (!). It will be your plan “B”
- Make photos of your locations store and number them with your scenes in separate folder
- Create production schedule draft
- Set up production office and bring on necessary items and stuff. Computers, fax, Xerox, phones.
- Prepare insurance, bank accounts and company structure.
- Secure the locations in writing forms
- Begin scheduling auditions for principal actors and extras. Contact the local talented agencies, serf on line; look at the 411 book (USA). Look for non-SAG (non-union), possibly free amateur actors and save the money!
- Look for crew members, gaffers, operators, DP, DA, DC and other assistants if they need, in the same way non-union.
- Begin the set construction and decoration (I suggest to avoid the second step if you are in a micro-budget use real sets)
- Find local renting vendors. Negotiate with them for camera, films and accessories.
- Find some info about post-production services and contact them about prices.
DON’T EVEN THINK TO START WITHOUT THAT LIST!