From MovieMaker Magazine: Julia Halperin’s Pre-Production Diary

Those of us who have never made a feature film have little idea of all the work that goes into preproduction. In this month’s MovieMaker Magazine, filmmaker Julia Halperin has shared a diary that gives us a tiny notion of how many of these little details are swarming around a producer/director during the preproduction period of an independent film. It’s an excellent, though too brief, article and it makes us look even more forward to seeing LA BARRACUDA, which she is co-directing with her partner Jason Cortlund.

Important takeaways:


  • The grind never stops. If you’re not actively scouting locations or talking to actors, you are sending scores of emails.
  • The availability of your onscreen talent is a constant worry, especially if you’re not working with a First Class and Four Seasons budget. But good actors are also good filmmakers, and they are worth it.
  • Good location people, and locations, are very important.
  • You should always stock up on groceries before going into preproduction.


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