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The Filmmaker's Book of the Dead by Danny Draven

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CHAPTER 5PREPRODUCTION TIPS & TRICKS

“The process of writing and directing drives you to such extremes that it’s natural to feel an affinity with insanity that’s there. I approach that madness as something dangerous and I’m afraid, but also I want to go to it, to see…to embrace it. I don’t know why, but I’m drawn.”

—DARIO ARGENTO

When you’re making a low-budget film it’s crucial to meticulously plan every detail and have a backup plan for every possible disaster scenario you can imagine. The planning stage of a film is vital to bringing your film in on time and budget, a skill that can only help along your career.

I always line produce my own films. After all, no one knows what I’m doing day-to-day better than I do, so it’s best if I break ...

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