As an independent producer, I want to save as much money on studio time, so preparation is the key.
And when it comes to planning it looks like the people from Antics have taken a leaf out of a game my daughters are playing...Sims 2.
You use the software to draw your own story boards, place the cameras and then work out camera angles. The software runs on most PCs working at 3 GHz and costs around 900 Euros. The company is working on an improved version with the BBC which should be out in January. Well worth investigating if your planning to shoot action or drama. It is also a great piece of kit for training television students.