In order for the development process to stand a chance of moving into preproduction there need to be four essential documents in place. Without these materials the chances of success diminish greatly. The documents are:
• The business plan
• The script
• The budget
• The production schedule
I have chosen to unpack the business plan in an appendix at the end of this book. It is a complex document and presenting it here will only slow us down. I will, however, refer to it throughout this section. For details, see the appendix.
With regard to the script, we have already looked at storytelling and script structure in the first part of this book. I will, however, discuss the script from a technical and logistical ...