No items found.

Key Steps of a Streamlined Pre-Production Workflow

Olivia Broadley
Mar 22, 2024
5 min read

Film pre-production stands as the cornerstone for a successful production, offering a blueprint before the expense of physical production begins. This vital phase keeps key stakeholders aligned on vision from the start of the film production process and ensures pragmatic decision-making across various elements such as script, schedule, crew, locations, and budget. From small indie projects to huge Hollywood blockbuster productions, pre-production illuminates potential complications, paving the way for seamless execution from script breakdown to final delivery of the project.

From script inception to post-production planning, each step plays a crucial role in shaping the final product. Here’s a brief rundown:

Script Development:

  • Crafting the foundation: Initiating the creative process by refining the script to align with the production goals.
  • Establishing narrative direction: Developing plotlines, character arcs, and thematic elements crucial for conveying the intended message.

Script Breakdown:

  • Identifying logistical requirements: Analysing the script to determine the film production needs, including locations, props, visual effects, and sound design.
  • Facilitating resource allocation: Deciphering the script to ascertain the necessary talent, film production services, equipment, and crew.

Budgeting, Financing, and Production Schedule:

  • Financial foresight: Estimating and allocating resources effectively to ensure the smooth execution of all production aspects, including adherence to the production schedule.
  • Securing funding: Exploring various financing options, including grants, investors, and crowdfunding, to support the project's financial needs and meet production schedule requirements.
  • Production scheduling: Developing and maintaining a detailed production schedule to coordinate all aspects of filming, post-production, and delivery, ensuring alignment with budgetary constraints and funding timelines.

Crew Review and Hiring:

  • Building the team: Collaborating with key personnel such as cinematographers, production designers, editors, VFX, sound to align vision.
  • Finding talent: Conducting rigorous evaluations and hiring processes to assemble crew and creatives capable of bringing the director's vision to life.


  • Finding the right fit: Conducting auditions and callbacks to discover the actors who capture the essence of their respective characters.
  • Style and vision: Aligning casting choices with the overall visual style and thematic elements of the production.

Location Scouting:

  • Research locations: Exploring potential filming locations to match the aesthetic and logistical requirements of the script.
  • Navigating permits and regulations: Securing necessary permits and permissions to film in various locations, ensuring compliance with legal obligations.

Storyboard and Shot List Development:

  • Visualising the narrative: Creating detailed storyboards and shot lists to guide the filming process and enhance storytelling coherence.
  • Enhancing efficiency: Streamlining production by meticulously planning camera angles, movements, and sequences in advance.

Post-Production Planning:

  • Preparing for post: Anticipating post-production needs and laying the groundwork for editing, visual effects, sound, and colour.
  • Ensuring continuity: Establishing workflows and timelines for post-production tasks to maintain momentum and meet project deadlines.

Production Design and Costume Design:

  • Crafting the visual identity: Collaborating with production designers and costume designers to realise the desired aesthetic and atmosphere.
  • Attention to detail: Conceptualising sets, props, and costumes that enrich the narrative and immerse audiences in the story world.

Remote Workflow Pipelines:

  • Adapting to new norms: Leveraging technology to facilitate remote collaboration and streamline workflows across pre-production, production, and post-production phases, ensuring efficient delivery of content.
  • Maximising efficiency: Implementing remote workflow solutions to enhance communication, coordination, and productivity among team members.

Sohonet - your pre-production partner 

Sohonet is highly regarded in the film industry, offering services that support teams from pre-production through top-tier post-production and distribution. With a range of secure collaboration tools, such as Clearview Flex, the video collaboration software, Sohonet enables teams to seamlessly share and work on everything from storyboards and mood boards to previsualization, production design, casting, and location scouting. Their user-friendly tools are specifically designed to meet theneeds of creatives, facilitating efficient collaboration throughout the filmmaking process. 

Find out more

No items found.

Get the latest news and updates from Sohonet in your inbox

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Discover how we can help you


your workflow

Visit the Helpdesk