Geared toward Makeup Department Heads, Makeup Designers and those working under them, this chapter describes the research and planning process known as pre-production between getting hired and the first day in the makeup trailer. Christine Sciortino emphasizes how Department Heads must be attentive collaborators as they read and break down a script to decide the makeup style and individual character looks in a film. She encourages MUAs to know their 18th century period piece, from their ‘90s drag culture look and suggests design software and best practices leading up to a production. This section also breaks down how to understand the organizational documents a makeup artist receives from an Assistant Director (AD) during pre-production. Stripboards, day out of days and call sheets – all key to being able to plan ahead and establish an effective workflow before you get on set.