Stages Of Filmmaking: A Beginner’s Guide

Should anybody wish to study filmmaking, the first essential parameter would be to understand each and every phase in detail. The process of making films (irrespective of the category or genre) is a highly systematic process, and carrying this out randomly would imply that the various stages would converge, creating an outright mess. So for all the beginners out there who want to pursue film making as a full-time or even part-time career, possessing adequate knowledge of the following phases is important. Please note that this beginner’s is quite handy, not just for wannabe full-fledged film directors and producers, but for aspiring script writers, creative directors, assistant directors and cinematographers as well.

Stage 1: The Development Phase

Much before writing the script, there are several important steps that need to be taken, and this constitutes the development phase. After the brainstorming and conceptualization of an original idea (or even an inspired one that does not imply any kind of plagiarism), there is a synopsis of the story created, which is then converted into a plan outline and thereon a film treatment (an expanded version of the synopsis spanning around 20 to 30 pages) is created. Finally, the treatment is used for stage direction and used for writing the screenplay.

Stage 2: The Pre-Production Phase

Here, the various technical crew and artists come together to lay the foundation of raising the film from script stage to enactment and shooting. This includes the recruitment of assistant directors, unit production managers, the costume team, choreography, sound designing, makeup artists, storyboard artists and so on.

Stage 3: The Phase of Holistic Production

Not much needs to be said about the actual phase of production other than ‘lights, camera and action’. For this phase, the most important aspect is that all equipment needs to be sound, all actors need to be in form and locations or sets need to be finalized.

Stage 4: The Post-Production Time and Final Distribution

If you thought that phase 3 of production was the major task at hand that has been accomplished, you will be surprised to note that it is post production where more of your time and efforts are required. The activities could range from editing and dubbing, to VFX, sound effects, localization and so on. At the end, one needs to coordinate with all distributors for launching and releasing the film on a scale as wide an envisioned.

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