Thursday, 8 September 2016

Institutions and Audience - Film Production

Development - this is simply the process of 'finding' a story. Ideas for films come from a variety of sources, they can range from novels, real life events to computer games adaptations. Once you've got an idea, you'll need someone to write a pitch for you which you take to film producer in an attempt to get some funding to make your film. Even at this stage, you need a very clear idea of who you're aiming your film at so you can include elements that will appeal to them.

Pre-production - Once you've got funding, you establish your budget and can begin to get a film crew together, you can storyboard the script. You also need to break he script down into individual scenes and identify all the locations, props, cast members, costumes, special effects and visual effects needed.

Production - this is simple the process of 'making' the film. Provided you've done your job properly in the pre-production stage, making the film should be straight forward. 'Film' is very expensive and difficult to store so an increasing number of film makers are using digital cameras to save money.

Post-production - during this stage, you take all the 'film' you're shot and give to it a film editor. They will the begin putting it together. Special effects will be added, a soundtrack will be added, any missing dialogue will be re-recorded and added resulting in a 'rough cut'. This will be shown to the director and a test audience who will offer feedback. Often, this causes scene to be filmed and added or removed.

Screenwriter/writer - research and develop story ideas and write screenplays.

Producer - responsible for all aspects of a film's production, putting together a creative and talented cast and crew, and turning story ideas into profitable films.

Casting Director - organise the casting (selecting) of actors for all roles in a film.

Director - driving creative force in a film's production - visualising and defining the style and structure of the film, then bringing it to life.

Film Finance - manages all aspects of the finances  a company or large film production. Or represent filmmakers looking for distribution deals for their films, working with the to develop marketing strategies and deliver all the elements of the film to the distributor.

Camera Operator - prepare and operate the camera and all its equipment, working with the director and director of photography.

Editor - work closely with the director to craft the finished film.

Production Designer - define and manage every visual aspect of a film.

Marketing - planning of marketing campaigns.

Exhibition - choosing the right films for the right target audience.

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