Preparing For Takeoff: Preproduction for the Independent Filmmaker

Preparing For Takeoff: Preproduction for the Independent Filmmaker

by Arthur Vincie

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Preparing For Takeoff: Preproduction for the Independent Filmmaker by Arthur Vincie

You have the camera, time, money (or credit card), so why don't you just start shooting? That's one way to do it. However, be prepared for major mid-shoot changes, unhappy actors, a resentful crew, wasted days and dwindling finances. All of these instances can be avoided by solid planning-but where do you start?

Preparing for Takeoff will give you the tools you need to fully prepare for your independent film. Vincie breaks down the entire life cycle of a film, showing how preproduction tasks such as scheduling, previsualization, location scouting, clearing permits, and more are just as vital to the success of your film as the shoot itself. You will also learn the preproduction workflow from the perspectives of both the director and producer, giving you the prep knowledge of both roles, whether you're one or the other-or both. Learn the nuts and bolts of planning, such as script analysis, casting prep, location and tech scouting, legal preparation, previsualization, and even postproduction and distribution prep, from someone who's been in trenches himself. The companion website includes a bonus chapter, sample script analyses, storyboards, beat sheets, and more

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415661683
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 02/15/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.70(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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