1. Characters and cast requirements - Identifying the number of characters, their descriptions, and any specific casting needs.
2. Locations and settings - Determining the required locations, scouting for suitable spots, and considering potential logistical challenges.
3. Props and set dressing - Listing all the necessary props and set dressing items mentioned in the script.
4. Wardrobe and makeup - Identifying the wardrobe and makeup requirements for each character based on their descriptions and the story's context.
5. Special effects and stunts - Noting any special effects, stunts, or complex scenes that may require additional planning, equipment, or personnel.
6. Timeline and scheduling - Estimating the number of shooting days required and creating a preliminary shooting schedule.
I like to think of it as a puzzle, where each piece must fit together to create the bigger picture of the production.