Preparing For Takeoff: Preproduction for the Independent Filmmaker

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You have the camera, time, money (or credit card), so why don't you just start shooting? Preparing for Takeoff will give you the tools you need to fully prepare for your independent film.
This book features: Vital preproduction tips on scheduling, previsualization, script analysis, location scouting, budgeting, hiring vendors, and clearing permits A detailed analysis of the role both producers and directors play in the preproduction process Crucial advice on how to prepare for postproduction and distribution while still in the early stages of making a film Lessons from the field in how to avoid mid-shoot changes, unhappy actors, fostering a resentful crew, wasted days and dwindling finances An accompanying website that includes sample script analyses, storyboards, beat sheets, editable budget forms, and more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (February 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415661684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415661683
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

Customer Reviews

Must have for starting your film

 on September 22, 2017
By paula landry
Great book, inspiring and very detailed. The bonus chapter is amazing, and all of it is easy to read, understand and do!

Exellent textbook for filmmakers.

 on September 4, 2016
By Amazon Customer
Very thorough with each topic that the author covers.


 on September 8, 2016
By Josh Worley
Bought for class, kept for career

a smart buy

4 people found this helpful.
 on March 4, 2013
By NYC daddy
as a producer of indie films, i can tell you that pre-production can really make or break a project. if you are organized during pre-pro, then your cast, crew, locations and vendors will make life easier for you during production, you won’t have as many fires to put out, and you will have a much better shot at getting what you need on set and completing on schedule and on budget. a book like this has been needed for a long time — one that gives you the tools you need – including paperwork and forms – to get your act together and instill confidence in your cast and crew. considering how many production books are out there and the fact that your time and funds are limited, you’d be smart to buy this process-oriented book and get moving on your project.

highly recommend

2 people found this helpful.
 on May 26, 2013
By Darnyc
I recommend this book to any filmmaker thinking of making an independent feature. Having heard Arthur Vincie speak in person about the process he goes through when he produces, writes and directs his own movies, I was looking forward to reading it, with the hope that it would contain the same incredibly useful information I’ve heard him discuss in person. It does, covering every step of the process in detail, from scripting and pre-production, through production and distribution. And, while there are other books on the subject available, what sets this one apart is how well it explains the balance between the artistic process the writer/director goes through, and the practical decisions the producer has to consider, especially when working low budget. Vincie shows how the two effect each other and then offers a lot of creative solutions for dealing with limited resources without compromising your artistic vision.


4 people found this helpful.
 on March 1, 2013
By Codecracker
I am a NY filmmaker too. I Can tell with certainty that this book knows what its talking about. If you have an idea, these days the best thing you can so it just try to go out and make it. Just do it. This book will be a great tool to help you get ready.

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