Definition of preproduction in US English:



  • Work done on a product, especially a film or broadcast program, before full-scale production begins.

    as modifier ‘the preproduction script’
    • ‘Also included with this pre-production unit was a small user's manual.’
    • ‘And these pre-production facilities are the backbone of any film production.’
    • ‘But I was afraid during pre-production and shooting because I knew the subject of the film was a man getting close to death.’
    • ‘Everywhere you looked, one musical was in either pre-production or general release.’
    • ‘You get to see production every step of the way, from story sessions to pre-production to filming to the post-production.’
    • ‘Sadly for them, this film was ‘too late’ by the time it began pre-production in Italy.’
    • ‘It was also clear early in pre-production that the new puppets were not quite as human as had been expected and that making them move realistically on screen was harder than ever.’
    • ‘Now if you're filming a longer feature or being paid for a project, pre-production planning is essential.’
    • ‘The story-board is created in pre-production and is a breakdown of every shot, location and scene to be filmed.’
    • ‘We essentially spent about a year in pre-production, research, and design, and built this game in the last twelve months.’
    • ‘To ensure that everything and everyone will be in place on shoot day, pre-production should begin as soon as the scripts are approved.’
    • ‘Plenty of detail on every aspect of the film from pre-production to opening night is covered.’
    • ‘After several pre-production meetings to get to know one another, we began filming.’
    • ‘We were over there for six weeks in pre-production and we had just began to shoot when all hell broke loose.’
    • ‘It's stunning to see how quickly he adapts and figures out what must be done during this very early stage of pre-production.’
    • ‘During pre-production, we identified the key points that we wanted to achieve, number one being to scare the players.’
    • ‘The pre-production art is all stunning, although it still does not answer how this stuff is going to look in three dimensions.’
    • ‘To start next year, we're going to tour for just a couple of months, and then we'll get back in the studio to start pre-production for the second record.’
    • ‘It is understood that another 44 employees in pre-production and production support are also set to be made redundant.’
    • ‘But this time I was in on pre-production meetings so I really felt more a part of the development of it, which was great.’