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.
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"I recommend Preparing for Takeoff to anyone making an independent film. While there are other books on the subject, 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 affect each other and offers creative solutions for dealing with limited resources without compromising the filmmaker's artistic vision."
"Everyone on the filmmaking team, from director to cinematographer, to location scout to casting director, can benefit from what Preparing for Takeoff covers. While allowing for lots of creativity, it brings concrete planning to everyone's position. Too many filmmaking books are simply stories, fun to read, but not all that helpful. I love Arthur Vincie's Preparing for Takeoff."
Overall I am impressed by the amount of information Arthur shares and believe the book will be a wonderful resource for many interested in the art and craft of filmmaking.
Part I: Early Days and the Big Picture
Chapter 1: The Film Life Cycle
Chapter 2: Preparing Your Business
Chapter 3: Fixing the Script
Chapter 4: Working with Other People
Chapter 5: Assembling Your Initial Team
Chapter 6: Marketing
Part II: The Director's Path
Chapter 7: Script Analysis
Chapter 8: Gathering Materials
Chapter 9: Prep for Casting
Part III: The Producer's Path
Chapter 10: The Breakdown
Chapter 11: The Budget
Chapter 12: Thinking Strategically
Chapter 13: Vendors, Equipment, Negotiations
Chapter 14: Dealing with Guilds and Unions
Part IV: Joint Preparation
Chapter 15: Casting
Chapter 16: Location Scouting
Chapter 17: Hiring Your Crew
Chapter 18: Rehearsals
Chapter 19: Tech Scouting
Chapter 20: Previsulization
Part V: The Shoot and After
Chapter 21: Routines for Success in Production
Chapter 22: Preparing for Post
Chapter 23: Preparing for Distribution
Chapter 24: Beyond Basic Planning
Appendix A: Further Reading/Tools/Resources
Appendix B: Helpful Forms
Why not download our Routledge FreeBook The Business of Show Business for Creatives? This resource contains a chapter from Preparing for Takeoff, along with a wealth of other information on getting your film to market.