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Here's how you can start your filmmaking journey

Making a film?

When making a film, you must follow a well-defined procedure. It's easiest to think of filmmaking in three phases:

Planning and prepare to film (development and pre-production). Filming (production), as well as finishing the film and preparing it for distribution (post-production).

First Phase—Pre-production: In film production, the development stage is the initial step. This stage of the production process entails fleshing out the story concept, developing a first draught of the script, and determining the project's financial feasibility. Development might take anywhere from a few months to a few years, depending on the type of film you're making and who you can engage.

Once you've received approval to begin pre-production, you'll form a production company and open a production office. This is where your film shoot's planning will take place. Finalising the shooting screenplay, securing shoot locations, and calculating the production budget are all part of pre-production. Before you step foot on your film set, you'll set up your shooting schedule and gather all of the necessary equipment and gear, and the casting director will begin auditioning actors for the director's approval.

This is also the time to hire important film crew personnel such as the director of photography, assistant directors, unit production managers, and costume designers for your production team. After all of the parts are in place, the creative planning process can begin. Each department collaborates with the line producer to determine what each field requires to carry out the director's vision. This is also where the sound design for the film's aural experience is finalised.

Second Phase—Production: Shooting begins in the production stage, often known as primary photography. Additional personnel will be employed during this short term, such as a script supervisor to ensure screenplay continuity while filming and a property master to acquire and oversee any props in your film.

The actors' visual appearance will be handled by the hair, makeup, and wardrobe departments, while the performers will rehearse their lines and block scenes. Your production coordinator will oversee the day-to-day operations and ensure that all auxiliary departments, such as catering, billing, and scheduling, have the resources they need to stay on schedule.

Camera operators and grips will follow the director and cinematographer's shooting plan, capturing all of the essential footage. During this time, picture and sound editors are engaged to select the best takes of the day and put them together in a sequence so that a rough cut is ready by the end of filming.

Third Phase—Post Production: After principal filming, the audio and visual materials are edited together to produce a film during the post-production phase. An editor pieces together film shot by shot, adds music (original or licensed ), and adds additional sound and visual effects. Pick-up shots, narration, and ADR are examples of filmmaking aspects that may be incorporated in the post-production phase. These elements are combined to produce a multi-sensory experience known as a movie.

The final stage of production is distribution, which occurs once your film has been edited and is available for viewing. The film will be advertised through promotional marketing, and all commitments made to investors and rights holders will be fulfilled. Your film may be released in theatres, on DVD, or on another digital media platform, depending on your distribution contract.

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