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Stages Of Film Production

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                       Phases of Film Production

Film Production is created in 5 stages: development, pre-production, production, post-production, and distribution.

Each phase has a different purpose, with the overarching goal to get to the next one, and ultimately on to distribution.

Consequently, each stage varies in length, and different roles suit different stages as outlined below ;

1] Development 

This is where the project is birthed. It is a project’s creation, writing, organizing and planning stage.

In development, a preliminary budget is made, key casts are attached, key creatives are chosen, main locations are scouted and multiple script drafts may be written.

It’s all the groundwork to show what the project will be and how much it will cost to make.

It starts the moment a Producer thinks of a project or a Writer starts penning words on a page.

Development can take months or even years to get the project green-lit by a studio or funded independently and move into pre-production. Green-lighting a film means the studio has approved the idea and will finance the project and move into production.

Additionally, the crew involved in the development stage is quite minimal compared to all the other locations,

as it’s just a small group of creatives and executives crafting the story and associated budget.

Once a project finds finance, it will move into the pre-production phase with an emphasis, in particular,  on shooting dates and time frame for the project to be finished

2] pre-production

Pre-production is where scripts are amended, budgets are adjusted, actors are cast, locations are scouted, 

the crew employed, shooting schedules amended, sets designed and built, costumes made and fitted,

and everything to do with the shoot is planned and tested.

Pre-production includes all the steps taken before the actual shoot:

  • Casting
  • Rehearsal with the actors
  • Budgeting
  • Scriptwriting
  • Location scouting
  • Wardrobe
  • Prop shopping
  • Set design
  • Pre-visualization
  • Pre-lighting
  • Pre-composition

3] Film Production Stage

The production stage is where the rubber hits the road.

The Writer, Director, Producer, and countless other creative minds finally see their ideas captured on film, one day at a time.

Production is usually the shortest of the five phases, even though it is paramount to the film and where most of the budget is allotted.

Production is the busiest time, with the film crew positions swelling to hundreds and the days becoming longer to be as efficient as possible with all the gear and locations on hire.

4] Post -Production 

This is where the footage is edited, the sound is mixed, visual effects are added, a soundtrack is composed, titles are created, and the project is completed and prepared for distribution.

Although the shooting crew has done a lot of hard work, now the post-production crew face arduous hours of work ahead of them to piece together the scenes and craft a stunning story.

Film Distribution

Distribution is the final stage in a project for producers looking to make a return on investment.

This can be for instance,  from cinema distribution, selling to a TV network or streaming service, or releasing direct to DVD.

In my opinion, without a stringent and robust distribution strategy, the other four stages of production are somewhat redundant, at least from a business perspective. 

Significantly, whatever the distribution plan is, the producers will have spent many hours planning and marketing their pieces to ensure the biggest audience and most significant return.

With the digital age and rapidly converging technologies, in reality, viewers are watching content in new and different ways, meaning that the distribution phase is constantly evolving.



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In conclusion,  if you study this course at Kamata School, you will develop as a highly skilled professional.

Gain a comprehensive understanding of the film production industry. 


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