Stages of Film Production
by Adekunle Oludele Jun 08, 2021 Views (729)

Do you want to know what film production is? If you've done any research on film production, you'll be aware that there are various stages involved in the production of a film. While there is more to making a big-budget studio film than a smaller, independent one, all filmmakers must deal with the five stages of film production. Each phase serves a different purpose, to complete each phase and, ultimately, completing a successful distribution. 


Are you wondering, what the stages of film production are?

  1. Development 
  2. Pre-production
  3. Production 
  4. Post-production
  5. Distribution

  1. Development

Before a film can begin production, it must first go through the "development" stage. This stage entails developing, writing, organizing, and planning a film project. The budget must be determined, the cast must go through auditions, the location must be determined, and multiple scripts must be written. Storyboards are frequently created by writers and directors to entice producers to fund the film.


A film in development has a chance of being made, but nothing is guaranteed. There is no guarantee that a film's development period will not be extended, which frequently results in the project's cancellation or indefinite hiatus. A film studio will have to figure out the logistics. They'll need to finalize a budget and acquire the necessary rights. They'll need to finalize a budget and secure the rights to any digital media adapted for the film.


  1. Pre-production

When a film or digital media project has completed development, it is not yet time to begin filming. Although that day is drawing closer, there must first be a pre-production phase. While the cameras are not yet rolling, pre-production can be as intense as the actual filming.


During the pre-production phase, filmmakers must determine where they will be able to shoot, who will appear in their film, how much their budget will be, and what changes may be required. They must also secure crew members, create sets and costumes, and collaborate with local cities to film in various parts of town.

Pre-production can fly by, and the better prepared a filmmaker is, the better their film will be. Backup plans should also be in place in case things change, such as a city experiencing an emergency that prevents the project from filming. After the pre-production phase is completed, the production moves on to the filming phase.


  1. Production

Finally, the film is ready to be rolled. Production is the quickest and, in some cases, the shortest part of filmmaking and digital media production. The length of time it takes to film is determined by factors such as the number of locations, the length of the film, and whether any key members, such as leads, are offset for any portion of the shoot.


As difficult as development and pre-production can be, the production itself can be even more difficult. When it comes to high-profile films, reports of poor production can tarnish a film's reputation before anyone has even seen it. Even when production runs smoothly, it can be stressful. Strong production is dependent on effective communication. Directors must be crystal clear about their goals. Filmmaking is a collaborative process, and no phase of the process is more important than the production phase. Post-production begins after the first scene is shot in production.


  1. Post Production

A rough cut of a special effects-heavy blockbuster with no post-production additions would not excite most people. The audience would be perplexed as to why it appears so strange in the absence of music or special effects. Post-production is the process of editing footage, adding visual effects, composing music, and finalizing titles.


A successful post-production phase is required for footage to become a film or digital media. Editing is one of the most important aspects of filmmaking, but it is often overlooked. The film's pace must be set by the editors. If a film drags or the plot develops too quickly, the fault can be attributed to poor editing.


Despite its name, post-production occurs concurrently with filming. Because the editors, effects artists, sound designers, and composers are not required to be on-call for scenes, they can devote this time to fulfilling their responsibilities. They can also assist in pointing out issues with filming that is preventing them from doing their best work.


Post-production can make a filmmaker's efforts and sacrifices appear to be paying off. It is the stage at which raw footage can be refined and begin to resemble a finished film. It is not easy, but it can be encouraging.

  1. Distribution

There are numerous distribution options with so many different mediums available, such as movie theatres, television, home video, digital media, and streaming. The type of distribution a film receives can be determined by its quality as well as the filmmaker's or studio's pull.


An independent filmmaker's first feature is unlikely to be released in 4,000 theatres across the country because they are far too inexperienced and underfunded to do so. They can, however, try to reach out to an audience and find a distributor by submitting their film to a film festival. Filmmakers such as Chloé Zhao and Terrence Malick have risen from obscurity to prominence as a result of film festival success.


Making a film or digital media does not guarantee its distribution, but it is critical for filmmakers because distribution is required for a film to be profitable. The greater the distribution of a film or digital media, the more money it can hope to make.


Any filmmaker must have reasonable distribution expectations. They can and should be proud of their film, but they should also be aware that it may not be released right away. If a studio is dissatisfied with the final cut of a film or digital media, they may request reshoots or postpone the release for example DC’s Justice league move (Snyder Cut). Films that spend a long time between post-production and release are referred to as "sitting on the shelf." There must be measures in place to prevent this from happening.


Although learning about these five phases can help you prepare, you should never underestimate the amount of effort required. Every day can bring new challenges, and filmmakers with decades of experience can tell you that each film project is unique. Filmmaking and digital media production will continue to thrive as long as people believe these sacrifices and processes are worthwhile.


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