A Filmmaker's Pre-Shooting Checklist
Part of the Filmmaking For Dummies Cheat Sheet
A pre-shooting checklist is a must for any filmmaker. Using a checklist helps you to prepare certain things before even setting foot on your set. Increase your chances of having a successful shoot by using this checklist:
Make sure the money's in the bank (is your investor for real?).
Hire a great cook or caterer.
Buy insurance (for crew, equipment, and locations).
Book a professional still photographer for film stills (needed for advertising and posters when you set up distribution).
Secure location permits if necessary (so the police don't bust you).
Make sure all contracts are signed with cast, crew, and location owners, and get releases from everyone on camera — especially background people.