The film making process When making a film, lots of components must come together before the movie can even be filmed. A lot of time and effort goes into a film before it is released in the cinema.
PreproductionThe first things that should be completed in the films production are: Idea/concept - what happens in the film. Script - the story, setting, dialogue. Storyboards – a sequence of rough sketches to communicate the vision of the film to the people who will help to make it.These must all be written so they can be presented to a film making company. Another important aspect is your producer as the handle the idea, cast, funding and the director.
Funding Once the film is ready to be presented to a production company you must find a company or person to fund your film so that you can hire all the staff, cast, crew and camera men. Funding can come from independent film making companies such as momentum. It can also come from big Hollywood companies such as Warner Brothers or Universal. It is much harder to get funding from such big companies than it is to get it from independent companies.
Budget Once you have people to help fund your film you have to sort out a budget. The budget includes everything you will need to spend money on to make the film. This includes the staff and crew hire, the cameras, marketing and the set building.
Shooting script/Scheduling/Call sheets A shooting script is written to ensure the cast and crew know when and where their line will be dilivered and what kind of camera angles need to be set up. The call sheet allows the actors to know when they need to be on set and in hair and make up and what scenes they are in. Scheduling goes hand in hand with the shooting script as it tells you exactly when where and what scenes you are filming.
Equipment The equipment includes all of the cameras, lights, cables, camera stands and microphones. All of the equipment is included in the budget and is either owned or hired by the production company.
Filming/Editing The filming can take up a lot of time as the director has to be certain that the cast have delivered their lines and given good performances. One the scenes have all been filmed they are edited, cut, touched up and put together. The diagetic and non- diagetic sound is put in to give the scenes the right effect.
Marketing campaign The marketing campaign should make the film stand out. This means using unique fonts and crating a unique selling point. Teaser trailers and first looks at the film have to be carefully selected so that the film is represented well and so that people decide to go and see it.
Postproduction To ensure the success of your film you have to advertise it to the target audience and create a buzz before the films release to make sure the people the film is made for go to see it. Advertising can include premieres, TV adverts, radio adverts, billboards, newspapers, trailers and interviews.
Release date The film needs a release date upon which the film will be available to the public to watch. Before the release of the film you have to do some research for distribution. This can be done by asking people that fall into the target audience of the film to watch the film and give feed back. This will give you an idea of how well the film is going to do. Reviews are important to as they provide fedd back for you and they determined weather people will see the film. Early screenings are a good idea sometimes as they create a word of mouth buzz that makes others want to see it.
At the end of the process there is still money to be made by selling the film on DVD and Blu-ray. Merchandise such as clothes and toys can be made with the films themes to make more money.