Detailed front end planning involves a number of planning elements. The major elements that interface with clients are described below:
Scope of Work
The scope of work consists of two main parts, the 'Project Profile' and the 'Project Content Summary'.
The Project Profile addresses, the purpose of the production, expected audience, format and deployment of media, scripting requirements, talent requirements, special effects requirements, location filming requirements, to name just a few examples.
The Project Content Summary lists in point form the content elements that will comprise the video or multimedia production.
The project proposal addresses the project implementation stages, summarises the scope of work, timing, cost and any special conditions (eg copyright provisions, secrecy agreements, etc.).
Production Outline (or Treatment)
The Production Outline add more detail to the Project Content Summary. It shows the flow of the content, what resources will be needed and where, and generally the feel and look for the production.
If the project is a self assessing learning package it is at this point that assessment activities are formulated.
Scriptwriting adds the final level of detail to the production planning process. Each scene is defined as to what action will take place, the camera viewpoint and what audio will be present (ie. what will be said on camera, off camera, music, ambient background noise, etc)
Scriptwriting varies in complexity depending on the project. Obviously recording of real time events cannot be scripted and shots must be ad-libbed around the Production Outline.
Internal Planning Elements
Other planning elements are Gantt timeline charts, shot lists, equipment lists, etc., which the client rarely sees, but none the less helps everything to run smoothly.