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Preparing For Takeoff by Arthur Vincie

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Introduction

Why Prepare?

THE CASE FOR PREP

I mean really, why? You’ve got the script, the money (or credit card), the resources … why not just go shoot the thing? It’s more fun. And you know the story backwards and forwards, right?

Well, that is an approach to take. There’s a lot to be learned from shooting that no book, however well written, can teach you. And now that you’re shooting to cards and drives instead of tapestock or film, it’s more economical to just shoot lots of footage. Some directors and producers even thrive on the pressure of having to make last-minute decisions. They like the chaos of the just-go-shoot-it style of filmmaking.

However, the vast majority of projects that start this way crash and burn before they ever get finished. ...

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