The Stages of the Pre-production Process | Assignment Desk - Blog

The Stages of the Preproduction Process | Assignment Desk – Blog | As tedious as it can seem, pre-production is a vital step in the videography world. It’s what takes your random idea and transforms it into something very real. Since this stage in your process is the foundation of your video’s production, it definitely takes up the most time. We’ve put together the most important stages of pre-production and why they’re so important. 


Brainstorming is a way of getting creative ideas out into the open by discussing it in a group setting. It helps bring together a few good ideas, and combine them into one great idea. This also helps with building a stronger team and ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to be associated with the project. In this stage, you’ll want to come up with a very clear concept on how you plan to move forward. 


No matter what it is you’re preparing to film, you’ll need to prepare with some research. You’ll want to collect information or facts about the subject that you’re filming. This will make it much easier for you to capture the essence that describes them. 


There’s nothing worse than getting halfway through a shoot and realizing that 

You’ve run out of money for the project. However, you can eliminate this problem entirely if you don’t skip this step. Make sure to reference other films you’ve done. Definitely leave space for some unanticipated expenses that might come about. 

Production Schedule 

The projection schedule is how the budget will be put to the test. It will tell you how and where the budget will be spent throughout the process of filming. While this should be your outline for how the process should go, you’ll want to keep it a bit flexible, should you run into any problems. 

Shooting Schedule 

As opposed to a more loosely structured production schedule, a shooting schedule is an exact timeline of how much time will be needed to complete the shoot and on which dates will shooting take place. When it’s prepared, it keeps in mind every person involved in the shoots. This involves the crew as well as the cast. This schedule will help save everyone time so that you won’t be going back and forth to locations.

While pre-production can seem like a tedious task, it is so crucial to the success of your project. There are so many stages that go into the pre-production process it can be easy to get lost. We’ve put together a few steps that we feel are the most important part of the process!

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