preproduction

[pree-pruh-duhk-shuh n]
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noun

Movies. the steps necessary to prepare a film for production, as casting, choosing locations, and designing sets and costumes.

adjective

occurring before production.

Origin of preproduction

First recorded in 1935–40; pre- + production
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preproduction

noun

preliminary work on or trial production of a play, industrial prototype, etc

adjective

(of a period, model, etc) preliminary; trial
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