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Preproduction: The Key to a Successful Documentary

Updated: Feb 3, 2023

If you're planning to produce a documentary, preproduction is the most crucial stage. It is the foundation that sets the tone and determines the success of the entire project. At Highway 89 Media, we understand the importance of preproduction and want to share with you why it's so important and what you need to consider during this stage.



Developing the Story

One of the most important aspects of preproduction is developing the story. At Highway 89 Media, we know that the story is the backbone of your documentary and we work closely with our clients to create a narrative that is engaging, informative, and emotionally impactful.


Planning and Preparation

Preproduction is the stage where you plan and prepare everything that needs to be done before you start filming. At Highway 89 Media, we recommend taking the time to research the subject, scout locations, and secure the necessary permits and equipment. Having a solid plan in place will help you stay on track and avoid any last-minute surprises or setbacks.


Determining the Budget

Preproduction is also the stage where you determine the budget for your documentary. At Highway 89 Media, we have extensive experience creating budgets for documentaries of all sizes and can help you determine the costs for equipment rental, travel, crew, and other expenses. By determining the budget in advance, you can make sure that you have enough resources to achieve the vision you have for your film.


Building a Team

Preproduction is also the stage where you build your team. At Highway 89 Media, we have a talented team of professionals who can bring your vision to life. This includes hiring a director, producer, cinematographer, and any other crew members you need. The right team can make or break your film, so it's important to choose wisely and make sure everyone is on the same page.


Scheduling and Logistics

Finally, preproduction is the stage where you schedule and plan the logistics for filming. At Highway 89 Media, we understand the importance of a well-organized shooting schedule and can help you coordinate with the crew and talent, arrange for transportation and accommodations, and ensure that everything runs smoothly.

In conclusion, preproduction is a critical stage in the production of a documentary. At Highway 89 Media, we understand the importance of this stage and want to help ensure that your documentary is of the highest quality and has the greatest impact. By taking the time to properly prepare, you can make sure that your film is a success.


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