Before even the first storyboards were drawn, we spent almost a week determining what the client really needed, which ultimately saved us, and Acronis, valuable time.
Preproduction is the least expensive part of making a film. There are fewer overheads and less people involved than in other parts of the process. While it's tempting to 'just start working', done correctly, preproduction can prevent the studio running over schedule, and over budget, during the production stage.
Making key decisions during preproduction will save a lot of time; so it's essential both client and studio keep communications channels open.
There are no real hard and fast rules, but here are a few tried and true methods we'd like to pass on – some advice gleaned from our experiences…