Steve Cartwight (1996: 4), an American video-maker, has devised what he terms the '70-30-10 rule': * "As a general rule... we often devote as much as 70% of our time to the pre-production process and 30% to post-production with the remaining 10% (if you work at 110% as I do) devoted to the actual shooting. The percentages should tell you where the real work and sucess of the programme lie. It's not in the 10%. It's in the 70%" * Taken from : Video Production: Putting Theory into Practice Steve Dawkins (Author), Ian Wynd (Author)

Pre Production covers everything from developing intital ideas, to storyboards, shots lists, shooting schedules, shooting scripts, production designs,

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