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Stage 1: Planning and Preparation > The Target Audience - Pg. 53

CHAPTER 5 The Production Process Why Plan? Some people find the idea of planning very restrictive. They want to get on with the shooting. For them, planning somehow turns the thrill of the unexpected into an organized commitment. But many situations must be planned and worked out in advance. Directors need to get permis- sion to shoot on private property, to make appointments to interview people, to arrange admis- sions, and so on. They might occasionally have success if they arrive unannounced, but do not assume this. However, directors also need to be prepared to take advantage of unexpected oppor- tunities. It is worth taking advantage of the unexpected, even if you decide not to use it later. The television production process is sometimes linear and sometimes nonlinear. Sometimes the concept starts with a piece of music and sometimes a script. Other times the concept may originate with a writer, the producer, the director, or even a production assistant. So, even though the steps in the process may be in a different order at times, the most common process is described in the following sections--and it always starts with an idea. The Idea: Starting with a Concept Something triggers the idea. Usually, it comes from an interesting personal experience, a story you heard, something you read in a book or newspaper--some interesting incident that gave you the idea for your production. After the idea, you have to begin to formulate your goals and objectives.