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Preparing For Takeoff: Preproduction for the Independent Filmmaker

Preparing For Takeoff: Preproduction for the Independent Filmmaker

by Arthur Vincie


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You have the camera, time, money (or credit card), so why don't you just start shooting? Preparing for Takeoff will give you the tools you need to fully prepare for your independent film.
This book features:

Vital preproduction tips on scheduling, previsualization, script analysis, location scouting, budgeting, hiring vendors, and clearing permits
A detailed analysis of the role both producers and directors play in the preproduction process
Crucial advice on how to prepare for postproduction and distribution while still in the early stages of making a film
Lessons from the field in how to avoid mid-shoot changes, unhappy actors, fostering a resentful crew, wasted days and dwindling finances
An accompanying website that includes sample script analyses, storyboards, beat sheets, editable budget forms, and more

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138426115
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/02/2017
Product dimensions: 7.25(w) x 10.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Arthur Vincie has over fifteen years of film and television production experience as a line producer, producer, and director. Vincie has line produced or production managed numerous independent films and is very active in the New York City independent filmmaking community. He has done production work for major television networks, including NBC, ABC, and BBC America. He founded and currently runs Chaotic Sequence Inc., a company that produces shorts and features. He recently wrote and directed the feature film Found in Time, which won the Best Sci-Fi Feature at the 2012 Shriekfest Sci-Fi/Horror film festival.

Table of Contents

Part I: Early Days and the Big Picture

Chapter 1: The Film Life Cycle

Chapter 2: Preparing Your Business

Chapter 3: Fixing the Script

Chapter 4: Working with Other People

Chapter 5: Assembling Your Initial Team

Chapter 6: Marketing

Part II: The Director's Path

Chapter 7: Script Analysis

Chapter 8: Gathering Materials

Chapter 9: Prep for Casting

Part III: The Producer's Path

Chapter 10: The Breakdown

Chapter 11: The Budget

Chapter 12: Thinking Strategically

Chapter 13: Vendors, Equipment, Negotiations

Chapter 14: Dealing with Guilds and Unions

Part IV: Joint Preparation

Chapter 15: Casting

Chapter 16: Location Scouting

Chapter 17: Hiring Your Crew

Chapter 18: Rehearsals

Chapter 19: Tech Scouting

Chapter 20: Previsulization

Part V: The Shoot and After

Chapter 21: Routines for Success in Production

Chapter 22: Preparing for Post

Chapter 23: Preparing for Distribution

Chapter 24: Beyond Basic Planning


Appendix A: Further Reading/Tools/Resources

Appendix B: Helpful Forms

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