Five Phases of Film Production

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A brief overview of the five phases of film production in the Hollywood film industry. An essential primer for those who are completely new to the film industry.


So for those of you who are new to the film industry and I mean completely new like one of those Comic Con boxed up collections you never really open ever. I'm going to go through the five phases involved in any typical film production, whether it's a student film, any project or blockbuster studio movie, these five phases are generally what entails the process in a film production. Firstly, there is the development phase, which generally involve the ideation, concept development, and sometimes funding acquisition as well. Now, most people commonly misinterpret these actions for pre production, which I can see why but the reason why this merits a whole phase on its own is because it is during the development phase that you find a story, the story rights and your basic preliminary funding it possible to then proceed to start gathering the resources in pre production. This phase also involves pitching to studios and was the pitches of Proof and financial resources are secured.

That's when a production officially gets the green light to then spend more money to enter pre production. In pre production plans and resources are made and secured to bring all those documents, contracts and legal signed in the previous phase to life. This generally includes involving more people in the production, drawing up schedules and budgeting, physical assets such as costumes, props, equipment, and so on. I was to prepare during this phase, see as a necessary phase of gathering and hoarding resources in anticipation for the next phase of work to be done, where the team will actually get to apply and use these resources prepared in May in pre production. Moving along to production, this is where I'm assuming most of you see moviemaking as being involved on a set right? Unless you're actually like me and enjoy sitting behind a computer screen.

This is the phase where the actual camera gets rolling and shots get taken, which will eventually change translate to what you see on the screen. This is usually the most intense and action oriented face since tensions might run high when everyone is running around on set. This is also where all those preparations in pre production payoff as your props, makeup equipment set decorations are all ready and lined up to have that candid moment on camera. Or maybe not. After all that jazz Of course, we have post production, which basically involves getting rid of almost half of your captured footage if the team messed up on set, or simply cutting, editing and rearranging the shots captured with little wastage of clips if the team was efficient. This is also the phase where digital effects and film coloring occurs.

And of course, let's not forget the style mixing and music being laid over against the last cut of the movie sequence. Once the final cut is approved, the film is then sent to print which is basically a term where any digitally processed sequences Translated into film prints, or vice versa, depending on the production and the producers. The distribution phase that involves the well literal distribution and duplication of these prints to movie theaters and other theatrical platforms. Of course, distribution is nothing without promotion as well. So generally, this phase also involves your favorite actors and directors, doing press interviews, showing up at film festivals and random talk shows to generate attention. And that's it all five phases knowing you guys since I was at your position at some point, I'm already assuming that you generally intend to get a job in three of the phases.

We're going to go into greater details in those three phases when we come back in our next lesson.

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