1. The idea2. Development finance3. Script development4. Packaging5. Financing6. Pre-production7. The shoot8. Post production9. Sales10. Marketing11. Expedition12. Other windows
Making a film takes time and preparation andalso involves hundreds of people, but all filmsstart with a moment of inspiration. Inspiration iseverywhere, in books, magazines, newspapersand everywhere around you, you can dreamideas, but ideas cost millions and it is veryimportant to protect your ideas, a lot of filmmakers often take out errors and emissionsinsurance to protect against copyright.
The next stage in the development of the project sto turn the rough idea into a final script ready forproduction, but this costs money. To get themoney the producer has to use the treatment andpitch, plus he/she has to use persuasion to get themoney for the development of the script.
With the developmentfinance secured, it is downto the writer to make deliverthe product the producerand the financiers want. Firstthe writer makes a synopsisand he/she and the produceragree/not agree on the keyevents on the film.
With the script complete, the director andthe producer decide how they want to filmthe movie and who they will employ to helpthem. One common way to make the projectmore commercial is to attach well knownstars to the script. To turn the film into aproper business proposition, the producermust know how much the film will actuallycost.
Filmmaking is an expensive business, and theproducer must secure enough funding to makethe film the highest standard possible.Financiers can be anywhere in theworld, that’s why the producer has totravel, to secure the investment they need tomake the film.
With the financing secured, the full castand crew are hired and the detailedpreparation for the shoot begins. Onceall the heads of department arehired, the shooting script is circulatedand pre-production begins.
A large film production can involvehundreds of people, and it is a constantstruggle to keep things on schedule andbudget. Shooting begins and funding isreleased, the producer breaths a huge sighof relief. This is the key stage in filmmaking.
Post production usually starts during thesoot as soon as the first ‘rushes’ -rawfootage- and sound are available. As theprocessed footage comes in, the editor turnsit into scenes and assembles it together.
While the film is still in post, the producer istrying to sell it. But he/she cant sell it to thepublic themselves, they need a distributor. Tohelp sell the film to the distributors, the producersecures the services of a sales agent to help theproducer sell the film to the public.
As the finishing touches are being made to thefilm, the distributors plan there strategy ofmarketing and selling the film. Knowing theaudience is essential and the marketing teamruns test screenings to see how the film isreceived.
Cinema expedition is still the primary channel forfilms to reach there audiences and box officesuccess equals financial success. A high profilestar-studded premier is used to launch the film tothe public with an explosion of media.
A successful run in cinemas makes the film asought-after product, which can be soldthrough other more lucrative channels likeDVD’s, videos and games for the film. Hospitalitysales for hotel channels and in flightentertainment can bring in millions ofadditional revenue.