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Skill Level Beginner
- All right now, listen up. Just like construction, filmmaking has a lot of moving parts. If you don't have a blueprint for your crew to follow, then how can you expect to make a sturdy house? Oh, I mean film. So grab your shovel and let's dig in. (bright, happy music) - Okay, you've written your script and now you're ready to dive into the magical world of filmmaking, but before you do it's super important that you have a clear and defined film production work flow so that everyone involved in the process knows exactly what each step is and their order. A film production work flow essentially has five steps. First is development and this is where the screen writer comes up with, develops, and writes the script while consuming massive amounts of coffee. Second is pre-production. This is essentially the planning phase where, under the guidance of the film's director and producer, all the details for shooting the film are planned out. This is also where casting is done, props or set pieces are made, and rehearsals or test shoots are also done. Third is production and this is where the movie making magic happens. Basically, production is all the time spent actually shooting your film and, of course, consuming lots more coffee while doing it. Fourth is post production. This is where the film gets edited together and polished with color correction and audio mixing. This is also the phase where you forget what sunlight looks like after sitting in a dark editing bay for eight hours a day. Finally, fifth is distribution. Surprisingly, this step can often be overlooked or forgotten by first time film makers, but it's a critical step. After all, aren't you making your film to be seen? And hey, who doesn't want to make money, right? This step usually involves submitting to film festivals in order to find a distributor or self distributing on internet platforms. Whatever you choose, just make sure you plan for it in advance and in the budget. So, that's a basic overview of a film production work flow, but there's many more steps to each of these sections. Development and distribution can vary greatly, depending on what sort of film you're making, but you can check out my videos breaking down the different steps for pre-production, production, and post production to learn more. - And now that you know the basics of film production work flow, you'll be able to approach film making with a level head.