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Chapter Eight. Preproduction > Choosing a Production Style

Choosing a Production Style

Careful preproduction planning is contrary to running and gunning, so (with a few exceptions) the main focus of this chapter will be on film-style shooting.

Use Your Script As a Tool

In preproduction planning, the script is a key organizational tool—a way of describing and documenting the work to be done and a template for discussions with your production team. Writing a script forces you to describe what will happen in front of the camera in specific detail. Locations, characters, time of day, actions, props—these are the kinds of details a script allows you to specify in advance of shooting. Under standing your project at this level will help you organize the labor and equipment you'll need for each scene, schedule the work, and estimate what it will cost.


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