We often take for granted that there is a lot of time an energy that goes into making the movies we watch. Making a film is a long process that requires the coordination of many people. Below is an overview of the movie making process to help you understand (and appreciate) it better.
The first thing that needs to happen is that the concept of the film needs to be developed. These early beginning are referred to as the development stage of a movie. Development is when the bones of the story get flesh. Next it needs to be formatted into a screen play which is essentially the blueprint of a movie. Making a treatment, which is also called a storyboard, is also part of the development stage. And if all of that is done, the next step is getting financing for the film. A filmmaker being able to fund their own projects out of the own pockets is nearly impossible because of the cost of filmmaking.
Pre-production is an exciting time for filmmakers. If a film has made it to this stage that means that it will, in all likelihood, become a reality. During pre-production the cast is created, shooting locations are established, costumes and set designs are made as well as other preparatory things. Basically everything that will be needed in order for the film to be made is taken care of at this point.
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The start of production is usually signified when actors begin rehearsing. Film is shot as well as photography. While filmmaker’s peak level excitement is probably at the pre-production stage, everyone else (including construction crews and actors) are probably most excited once a film has entered the production phase because they get to work.
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After filming there is post-production where even more work needs to be done. The film needs to be edited and some shots may need to be rescheduled during post-production. Most people in the movie-making business will attest to the fact that post-production is the most important factor in whether or not a movie will be successful. A movie is not shot in chronological order and everything that is shot will not be in the movie so editing is essentially where the movie is created. And once editing has been completed and the final touches have been applied to the film, it needs to be promoted. Since whether or not a filmmaker is likely to get funding for a movie has a lot to do with how well their last movie did, promotion is very important.by