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There are many different stages in the processes of making a TV program and or a feature film. It always starts with a pre production stage
gathering ideas, placing them on paper hiring the correct staff to help with their main filming ideas. It then moves to the production stage acting
out the ideas that have been decided using the crew the hired to help make the production look realistic and interesting for an audience. And the
moves into a post production stage which is the sending out of the films to different cinemas about what DVD its going to appear on. This means
there is a lot of roles to be taken on due to this large scale of work to produce this film.
This article will explain a few job roles in each of the stages presented above explaining their roles and contributions to the production.
This is one of the most important roles in the crew why? Because without someone
keeping it organized then most of the pre and production stage will be all over the place.
People will get confused and the production will be shambles! The role that is mostly
under main management role is the producer.
There role and why? :
This persons role (the producer) it to mange everything that happens in and outside of the
production to keep everybody organized and to keep things under control. You can tell this
by the things they do to help. The main manger on set would be the producer, helping the
director, looking over the budget for the cast and the location and props making sure
everybody on set and off set is doing their job to make this film a success.
The main person a producer normally works with is the director, this is to show ideas to
help with the director’s decision and to explain and show new ideas that would help with
the production. This is why in films and in pictures you always see the producer and
The producer can be seen in pre post and main production. This is because there main
duty is to make everything that happens everywhere on and around the set. With pre
production they help the director with the creative side coming up with ideas. Whilst
filming the producer is with the director helping him with the action on set in post
production they mange all the budget and the journey from film to cinemas and DVD’s
The creative team normally works their magic in
the pre production stage haring and coming up
with ideas for the film. A role you would normally
find in this section is a script writer. A script writer
gives a production its skeleton first showing a
fresh idea to the team of people who are going to
create it. This job is a very creative job in the
crew, you can tell by the way the writer is coming
up with imaginative ideas that are going to be
interesting and exciting for the public.
The editorial team works there magic in the post
production stage taking the footage and placing it
together, also taking out bits that are not needed and
sharpening it up for when it gets sent to cinemas and put
Their duties:Screenwriters tend to involve the
following course of action idea generation and
research, planning, character development, and
then writing. Scriptwriters write every aspect of a
script, from the dialogue to the stage directions.
This means that they will always be on set making
sure that their ideas are being shown in a way
which the screenwriter has imagined them to be.
Editors have one main duty when the production has
finished filming. The editors are given all the footage that
has been shot and start putting it all together making
sure there’s no error and that everything flows whilst
watching, This stage can go up to a long period of time
depending on how big the film is.
The screenwriter works with the director on set
showing and explaining to the director what
he/she has imagined and how they want a certain
scene or character to look.
Editors normally work by themselves whilst editing but
can work with the director for a short time explain bits
on the film to the director. For example the editor wants
to cut a crash scene out but the director wants to keep it
due to the money they have spent and the time it took
to film in a certain angle
What department: A screenwriter normally is
shown and seen in the pre production stage
planning and creating the idea and scenes for the
film waiting to be created.
What department: The editor will mainly be set as the
post production stage taking all the footage that had
been taken and putting it together to make the final
finished film for an audience to watch.
This job is quite technical due to the editors working on
high Tec computers on very professional programs to
edit the feature film or TV program.
One role in the department is the camera team the camera
team captures all the action and drama that happens on set
by using different techniques and movements to create a
different effect and a different meaning for an audience.
This role falls under the technical department of the crew
using high tech equipment and having that specialist
knowledge about the equipment they are using.
The camera team’s main duty is to be on set catching all the
action and drama that is happening using different
movements to capture it. Their main responsibility on set is
to capture the action that I taking place on set but also
telling the actors which way to face and which way to turn to
take a good interesting shot.
The camera team work a lot with the cast giving them advise
in what positions they should stand to capture moments and
to make sure everything flows when played together to
avoid jumps and to keep the continuity.
The camera teams are usually found in the production stage
filming and capturing all the action and drama talking place
in different locations and on set. Also adding different
techniques and camera movements to create different
emotions and effects for the viewer.
There are many different roles under the
department of research. The one I am going
to focus on is the research for location.
Theses find different locations that can be
filmed on handling the price of the location
the health and safety and finding the right
place that fits with the screenwriter’s idea.
This role comes under many different
departments of a production like fanatical
because of the location prices they deal
with and organization organizing the
different locations and the paperwork
behind it all.
They duties of the members finding the
location are simple. Finding the right
location that fits with the ideas with the
screenwriter. There responsibility’s make
sure that all the details are handled like
health and safety and permission to use the
location and any buildings that are popular
that will be seen in the footage for example
big Ben and the London eye.
As seen above there are loads of different roles that fit
under this department all sharing a different past of
organization for the production. But the main role that
takes the organization from every different role and looks
over them making sure that they are all organized is the
The duties of the producer is to make sure that everything is
correct off set and on set helping the director with his ideas
and decisions and also making sure that everyone is up to
date with the work they are doing. They also are under
management becoming manger for all the different roles
across the set
.As said above the producer works mostly with the director.
This is the cinematography for the famous movie by marvel the avengers. To do his job he controls
the main camera to create the perfect shot and the perfect angle for that scene he connects with the
actors to guide them into the perfect position to create blocking in the film which sets mood and
atmosphere for the viewers watching. Seamus first started off taking still photos before going off to
university. He then got accepted into a film school, due to his studies of film he stared to gather a
liking of the film and camera roles started to create short films because of his newly found hobby of
making films which overtime won awards.
Seamus has worked and filmed many successful and interesting people during his film like Nicolas
cage in his film Oliver stone worlds trade. He also started filming many music videos including U2, the
rolling stone and Haley Williams as well as filming well known feature films.
Because of his hobby for making and creating short films and documentaries for example skins. He
got noticed for his talent and skins got nominated for a royal television society cinematography
award. Because of the notice he has been approached by many different directors.
As well as skins he has done filmed other films that have become quite famous within the film
industry for example the Atlantic directed by Sam Taylor-Wood which was nominated in 1998 for the
turner prize and many others including very famous actors.
What I have learnt from Seamus McGavery is that he stated off with it only being a hobby but because of
his hard work for many years he started to get noticed which expanded his work. This got him to film
longer films with famous people. The main department he would work in is the main production stage by
capturing all the action that is happening on set. Taking the footage so the editor can put it together and
make it into a real film.
This is one of the screenwriters for the famous TV soap series ‘EastEnders’. Louise writes plans
and creates different story lines and comes up with different characters to use to explain the
different actions and dramas taking place. Louise before starting writing before EastEnders
she was a novelist, she always had a passion for writing stories and coming up with different
scenes and dramer’s, because of her love of fiction writing, using her skill and passion to
create a TV soap was right for her and how she is used and how she enjoys working. Because
in EastEnders there's always new dramas and everything always changes to keep the audience
on there toes. Louise is the one that creates these changes using her skills to create different
characters and different dramas between the characters to create the action that an audience
will find amusing and interesting to watch. Louise has always been famous for her EastEnders
scripts. During her time of writing her stories have been shown and heavily written about in
the media which raised her views to 6 million. In 2002 Louise became producer of the
series, 4 months later she was promoted to executive producer writing In many famous
characters with her time there.
What I have learnt from my research of Louise that in soaps there is always more the one
writer, many writers come along coming up and including some of there own characters
stories events and dramas .
Her department she would be working in is pre production stage this is because she is a writer
coming up with ideas that are going to be made into a feature film or TV program. She is the
first creator of the film which is needed in the very first stages of a film.
This is a casting director from a feature film she's the man.
Casting directors are mostly seen in the pre production stage
of a production. This is because their main responsibility is to
audition and pick different actors that they think would make
a good character to play the roles that have been created.
They do this by looking at past records and past career jobs
they have taken up. Then ten see if the actor is good enough
or will suit the role that they are being picked to play. They do
this by looking at the actors
appearance, personality, body, voice and personality. Because
they have pick the best actors to play the roles they get to
meet and talk to very famous and skilled actors that are well
known by the public and the media. They also get to see new
skill that is being developed by new and young actors that
have a future of being successful actors. Randi was asked to
join AMPAS in 2006, she then started casting for famous
feature films like iron man and avengers assemble. Looking
and researching this casting director and others show that
most if not all work in pairs and rare to see a casting director
on his/her own.
The department she will be working in is pre production due
to her finding the cast to put into the film. Without cast then
there will be no one to act out the story write by the writer.