Week by week another piece is completed. Pre-production is by far the most challenging part of this process. I used to make lists once I had a finished script but I stopped doing that. They were so long and daunting that at moments of frustration I was ready to concede defeat. Now I wait until I have all the big/obvious stuff done before I start writing things down. I’m not going to forget to build a puppet but I might forget to build a shovel. It’s just another game you play to make it through to the end.