Film making or film production, is the art form of digital storytelling. It is a means of painting a visual picture for whatever event is on your mind, be it fictional or non-fictional.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu once said, “To make a film is easy. To make a good film is war. To make a very good film is a miracle.” The process of making a film is a long and tedious one. It involves different stages starting from creating a concept to selling it to the public.
Stages of production
This is the first stage in which the film is conceptualized. The story and screenplay have to be put in place and accordingly, planning for the rest of the film is carried out. Here is where aspects such as finance, book/play rights, etc. have to be sorted out.
The pre-production stage is where all the groundwork is laid for the film. Arrangements are made for the shoot, such as hiring cast and film crew, selecting locations and constructing sets. This is the stage where a production office is established. The director, along with concept artists and illustrators, draws up the storyboard of the film.
The raw footage and other elements for the film are recorded during the film shoot. A typical day of production will include cast and crew on sets. The crew usually arrives first, sets up the shot under the supervision of the assistant directors (ADs) and the director. The cast is then called in for the “take” which is when the scene is shot. The day ends with the crew taking down the set and making preparations for the next day.
The shots then make it to the editing table. The images, sound, and visual effects of the recorded film are edited and combined into a finished product by the film editor. For more details on video editing, click HERE.
The final stage of making a film is distribution. This is where the film is released, either to a movie theater or directly to DVD or Blu-ray or, as the trend is nowadays, directly to an online media outlet. This step also includes marketing activities, film launches, premier shows, press conferences etc.