preproduction

[pree-pruh-duhk-shuhn]
noun
1.
Movies. the steps necessary to prepare a film for production, as casting, choosing locations, and designing sets and costumes.
adjective
2.
occurring before production.

Origin:
1935–40; pre- + production

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preproduction (ˌpriːprəˈdʌkʃən)
 
n
1.  preliminary work on or trial production of a play, industrial prototype, etc
 
adj
2.  (of a period, model, etc) preliminary; trial

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Preproduction testing will be required of all sources that have not previously supplied this item.
The production period for a qualified motion picture begins when preproduction of the qualified motion picture starts.
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