Why not just go shoot your film?

Cover for Preparing For Takeoff

Well, you could do that. But you’ll be saving yourself a LOT of blood, sweat, tears, friendships, and money if you think about what you’re doing first.

Preparing For Takeoff covers the process of preproduction for both the director and producer, and is especially aimed at the independent filmmaker (who often has to wear both hats whether she wants to or not).

Based on the author’s own experiences as a New York City-based production manager, line producer, and director, this book will help you map out your film’s journey ahead of time, so you can really focus on what’s important during and after the shoot.

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Some of the topics covered include:

  • Setting up your business
  • Tweaking the script to make it “production-ready”
  • Marketing
  • Analyzing and preparing your script as a director
  • Breaking down, scheduling, and budgeting the script
  • Casting
  • Hiring the crew
  • Developing leadership skills and understanding group dynamics
  • Staying organized throughout the process
  • Thinking about post and distribution BEFORE you shoot
  • Previsualization (storyboarding, shot-listing, visual references)

… and more.