The Five stages of film production

From Ideas to your screen, there are several stages that every film goes through. We’ll give you an overview of each probable stage from development to delivery.

Finance isn’t a principle of filmmaking, yet it plays the biggest role! Hope you got the budget to shape your ideas, now it’s time to take a more detailed look at the stages a film goes through. Below are the five key stages in getting a film from an initial idea through to watching it on the big screen.

  1. Development

The start of a project varies, but generally will begin with the development of a script, be that an existing script, a book, a brief story outline. Development may also start with a Director and/or Writer pitching an idea to a Producer.

  1. Pre-Production

This is the phase where you would narrow down the options of the production. It is where all the planning takes place before the camera rolls and sets the overall vision of the project. Pre-production also includes working out the shoot location and casting. The Producer will now hire a Line Manager or Production Manager to create the schedule and budget for the film.

  1. Production

During this phase, it is key to keep planning ahead of the daily shoot. The primary aim is to stick to the budget and schedule, this requires constant vigilance. Communication is key between location, set, office, production company, distributors – in short, all parties involved

  1. Post-Production

This is the stage where you get to be determined that how your movie will look on the screen! post-production consists of reviewing the footage and assembling the movie – editing. There will be contributions as required from Visual Effects (VFX), Music and Sound Design. The picture will now be locked and delivery elements will be created. Further information on Post Production can be found later on in Week 1 of the course.

  1. Distribution

Once the editing is done, the film is completed and approved by the law authorities, it must be distributed. This is how producers make their money back and a considerable amount of time and energy will be invested to secure the right distribution deals for their projects. The film will go into the cinema and/or be distributed via various platforms such as Amazon Prime, Netflix, and HBO, etc.