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Pre-production or In Production is the process of preparing all the elements involved in a film, play, or other performance. Pre-production ends when the planning ends and the content starts being produced.
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In filmmaking and video production, pre-production formally begins once a project has been greenlit. At this stage, finalizing preparations for production go into effect. Financing will generally be confirmed and many of the key elem...

6 Awesome Rules for Successfully Funding Your Web Series

6 Awesome Rules for Successfully Funding Your Web Series

If you’ve ever struggled to produce high-quality web shows because you have no money, this guide is for you. It’s a struggle for many creators to get funding because they follow advice that is 100% wrong. The industry is rapidly changing and dumping your show onto YouTube and crossing your fingers that it goes viral, or producing pilots on extended credit is madness! Web TV now works the SAME WAY the broadcast TV business works, so follow our battle plan for raising revenue

YouTube Pro Series Takes A Look at the Duties of a Showrunner

YouTube Pro Series Takes A Look at the Duties of a Showrunner

In the latest edition of the YouTube Pro Series, four big creators talk about all phases of showrunning: what you need to plan for, how to interact with your community, who you should look for when you hire a crew, and so on.

A Look Into the Scriptwriting Process [Reel Rebel #37]

A Look Into the Scriptwriting Process [Reel Rebel #37]

It may seem like writing a script is simply going to your computer (or if you’re old school, getting a pen and paper), sitting down and just writing. But it might surprise you to learn that’s only part of the scriptwriting process. You need to build a structure for your story, and you need to test it out, before you shoot.

Storytelling Tips from Stillmotion and Vimeo’s Video School: Part 2

Storytelling Tips from Stillmotion and Vimeos Video School: Part 2

Stillmotion continues to give great storytelling advice in Part 2 of their instructional video series being played on Vimeo’s Video School. In this one, they break down the “discovery” process during pre-production in order to come up with 5 keywords that you will follow throughout the production.

Tips for Getting Great Video Coverage when ‘Shooting for the Edit’ [Reel Rebel #30]

Tips for Getting Great Video Coverage when Shooting for the Edit [Reel Rebel #30]

On this week's Reel Rebel, Stephen talks about the importance "shooting for the edit" and gives some advice on how to ensure that when you're shooting video, you capture enough footage of a scene to provide the editors with full coverage and plenty of shots …

Why Pre-Production Creative Meetings Are Key to Video Project Planning [Reel Rebel #28]

Why Pre Production Creative Meetings Are Key to Video Project Planning [Reel Rebel #28]

Most people, especially creative types, cringe at the thought of having a meeting. However, when you are putting together a video project it is essential to sit down with the necessary parties, do your brainstorming, define your production aims, style, key messages and target audience, and ensure …

Cinemek Storyboard Composer: Mobile Storyboarding iPad App Review [ReelRebel #26]

Cinemek Storyboard Composer: Mobile Storyboarding iPad App Review [ReelRebel #26]

One of the most important aspects of pre-production is to create a storyboard.  While having a script perfected is important, it is just as important to have a storyboard before you start shooting so you don't miss any essential shots.  This will prevent you from …

The Importance of the Match Cut in Video Editing [Reel Rebel #24]

The Importance of the Match Cut in Video Editing [Reel Rebel #24]

This week on Reel Rebel, we discuss another important film editing technique that's important to understand when shooting for the edit, called a match cut.  When we talk about shooting for the edit, we're talking about the need to plan your shots in advance, keeping …

Why Pre-Production Planning is a Must for a Successful Video Shoot [Reel Rebel #20]

Why Pre Production Planning is a Must for a Successful Video Shoot [Reel Rebel #20]

Just like any project you take on, having a good plan of action prior to actually starting is a good idea.  This week on the Reel Rebel, Stephen Schweickart briefly covers just a few reasons why pre-production planning and creating checklists is so important to ensure …

The YouTube Advertiser Playbook Index and Overview

The YouTube Advertiser Playbook Index and Overview

We just finished our coverage of the YouTube Advertiser Playbook, which shares a lot of things in common with the YouTube Creator Playbook, but it's geared more towards brands and small businesses.  Both playbooks contain extremely valuable information, and it was our pleasure to break …

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