The Most Important Things You Need to Mount a Successful Film or Theater Production     

Juliet D'cruz

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The Most Important Things You Need to Mount a Successful Film or Theater Production     

Putting on a stage show or producing a film is no small task.

There’s much to consider from the show’s concept to putting the right pieces in place and the actual execution.

As you’re putting your to do list together, don’t forget these key things that will help make your production a success.

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A specific budget

You don’t want to throw an amount of money at the wall and hope it’s all that you’ll need to produce your show.

The first thing you need to do is sit down and assess finances to see how much money can be allotted to what pieces of the production. Do you want to spend more money on talent, or is set design more important?

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Making a priority list for spending and noting a realistic amount that you can spend will help you work toward a large goal, and stop any major headaches before they even begin. 

Top-tier talent

Once you know the ins and outs of your production you’ll have a sense of the type of people you want to be a part of on the screen or stage.

You might want a multi talented comedian like Chaunte Wayans or a seasoned actor to enhance your show.

Do the research online and ask around to talent agents and companies to see who they may have to offer for your production.

A skilled crew

The amount of people utilized behind the scenes far outweighs those seen on the screen or stage. You will want to have a full crew in place, and one that consists of quality people.

There are always room for those new to the industry in a production’s crew, but it cannot be made up of people who are totally green.

Seek out a seasoned veteran or two (or more!) to help guide you in major facets like directing, writing, and casting.

Having a deep well of knowledge at your fingertips can help prevent major mistakes that you may not have otherwise been aware of.

A plan in place

Much like the budget, this is something you want to have created from the very start.

Will this take six weeks? Six months? What does your production schedule look like within that time frame?

If you have a finite end date, make sure you work backwards from then to ensure you are taking all necessary steps before the final project happens.

Organizing this way will help you keep a tight time table and delegate tasks to the appropriate people to ensure you stay on track.

This plan should include a casting process, location scouting, costume and set design, a shot list, a story board, and a mood board to get everyone involved in the production on the same page.


You can spend all the time in the world on a production but it’s not going to go anywhere if you don’t have a dedicated marketing team.

This team will spread the word and hype the project up so that when it’s finished and time to go public, there is already a strong amount of attention on it to push it towards success.