For a video production company, Pre-production usually refers to everything that happens before filming begins, for example, client meetings, developing the storyline, establishing production goals, setting timelines, research, storyboarding, location planning, talent selection, props, wardrobe and more.
By the end of Pre-production, the project's goals, story, objectives, and timelines should be finalized and satisfactory to all of the stakeholders.
For feature films, pre-production is more specific and begins after other milestones have been achieved. These milestones would include: financing, screenplay, casting, and major staffing including the film's Director and Cinematographer. In this case, pre-production includes:
- Location scouting
- Prop and wardrobe identification and preparation
- Special effects identification and preparation
- Production schedule
- Set construction
- Script-locking (semi-finalization of the script)
- Script read-through with cast, director and other interested parties
To be sure, Pre-production is the foundation of any media project. By taking the time to do things right in the Pre-production phase, you help the overall success and viability of your project.
Now, let's take a look at: What is the Production Phase?