The seven stages of filmmaking (development, production, photography and wrap, post-production and distribution)

Few people can stop and consider the work that made a movie. While they may be able to look up the film’s budget and the actors’ salaries, no one can understand the making of a movie without seeing it.

From conception to distribution, film production involves seven stages. Here are the seven stages of film production: from the film’s conception to its distribution, funding, casting and crew hire, editing, marketing, and final delivery.

1. Development

This stage is mainly about planning and conceptualizing a script. It can be based on a book, a movie or a true story. Or it could be a completely new concept. After approval, the director will work with the writers to create a step-by, detailed outline of the film’s progression.

2. Pre-Production

This phase is about narrowing down the options and planning the development of the film in terms of budget, cast, crew and budget. This phase usually involves hiring a line manager or production manager to help create a schedule for the film and manage its budget. The pre-production process also involves determining the location.

3. Production

Production is where the practical film production work begins. It is important to adhere to the budget and schedule. This requires constant attention. The film director works closely with the cast and crew to ensure everything runs according to plan. Communication between all parties is crucial.

4. Photography

The most costly phase of film production is photography. This is due to the salaries of the director, actor, and set crew and the cost of specific shots, props, and special effects, if required. To ensure smooth transitions in photography, all previous stages have been completed. This is where the camera rolls. It is crucial that the film director follows the schedule and stays within budget.

5. Wrap

All cameras must be turned off immediately after the shooting is finished. Everything is disassembled during this stage and cleared by the crew and cast. Equipment and props must all be returned to their suppliers in working order.

6. Post-Production

This stage will usually overlap with the photography stage, but it is not always. The rough cut of the film will be drafted. The film director will review the footage and edit the footage while coordinating additional visual effects or music.

7. Distribution

Distribution is the last stage in the production process. Distribution is the final stage of the production process. These producers must negotiate a lucrative distribution deal among cinemas and other platforms like Amazon Prime, Netflix, HBO, and many more. The right deals are crucial because they will decide the film’s reach and how much money it makes to return on your investment.

We often overlook the work and effort that went into making a film, from its initial stages of development to the final stages of distribution. Whistling Woods International offers a deeper understanding of the skills needed via their online eLearning platform and Virtual Academy.

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