Films- The 12 stages of
By Andrew Gronow
1) Get inspiration from everything around you, such as talking to your
friends, reading, watching TV and playing Video games.
2) Go to a studio and find a producer and show them your idea, (do note
your film may not get made)
3) The pitch is how you sell the film to the financers and therefore get the
film to start being made
Pitching the project
1) The producer raises money for the film in the following ways,
• Going to production companies
• The Producer can offer rights of the film to the production companies in return
• The producer can also apply for public funding for a development grant.
• The producer can even pitch the film to private investors in hope they’ll approve
of the project
The Producer and the writer agree on the synopsis
Most writers will then create a step by step guide for the actual script
The writer then creates a brief draft of the script
Once the writer and producer are happy with the draft, they will send it
to the financers who will also have their own ideas.
5) A final draft is produced and the writer is paid once all parties are
1) The Producer and Director package the script for the financers.
2) The Financers must find a cast for their film, they go looking for well
3) The producer must know how much it will cost to make the actual film.
4) The Investors want to know how much the film will cost and when the
producer will pay them back.
1) Producers must meet with financers to agree on terms of investment,
this may mean travelling all over the world
2) All investors meet up together to finalize contracts and make them
3) The producer can also raise money from presales before the film has
even been finished.
4) Some banks specialize in film finance, they invest in commercial
1) The Heads of Departments are all hired and start making the film.
2) The Casting director chooses which actor plays which character in the
3) The Director and the DOP start to make a storyboard in advance for
making the film.
4) The Production designer plans and creates scenery and sets for the
5) Special effects are planned so that the film is perfectly safe for the
actors and stuntmen. They have to get it filmed from the right angle so
that it looks convincing.
1) The Film finally starts getting made and the producer is relieved.
2) The Camera department plans how the “Action” will be filmed and the
Camera operator films it. There are also people who ensure the
cameras are in focus and that they are filming in the right place.
3) Different Lighting and sounds are used to change the way the audiences
views the film.
4) The Actors and Actresses must act like the characters they are casting
and make it convincing. This is taken on Camera to put the film
5) Special Effects are planned and made to make the film more dynamic.
Stunt people are hired to take risks and special equipment and certain
software are used.
1) The Editor puts the scenes in order and edits certain things to put the
film into place.
2) After the film is put into place, a sound team are employed to put music
and sound effects in place with the visuals. The rough sound mix goes
to a dubbing theatre where a final mix is produced.
3) The Special effects, title, and front and rear credits are added to the
film. The producer will supervise to make sure the film is going well and
can authorise any changes that need to be made.
4) The visual editors change the grade and colour of the film or part of the
film to help create the correct theme.
5) The film is finished and ready for distribution and duplication.
1) To sell the film, the Producer employs a sales agent to distribute it.