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Film Production

Film Production

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Published by georgepricey
A flowchart to show the production of films
A flowchart to show the production of films

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Published by: georgepricey on Sep 26, 2011
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Scene 1: Idea
The Film making process
1. Sources of inspiration:inspiration form books,newspapers, plays, filmsor conversations2. The Producer:A producer canmake an idea intoa reality3. The Director: ADirector can visu-alise a idea orscript and willknow how to dis-play it.4. The Writer: de-fines and clarifiesthe idea.6. Pitch: All the informationthe produces need to sellidea to commissioners.5. The Treatment: Aone page descriptionwrote by writer.
Scene 2: DevelopmentFinance
1. Pitching the Project: the pro-ducer uses the treatment, pitchand persuasion to get finance.2. Production Companies: producerapproaches production companiesfor development money.3. Sales, Distribution, Broad-cast: Producer offers futuresales and broadcast rights tofilm in return for money todevelop script4. Public Investment:Producer also appliesfor public funding grantfrom UK Film Council5.Private Investment: Pro-ducer also pitches to pri-vate investors.
Scene 3: Script Development
1. Synopsis: The writer pro-duces a synopsis highlightingthe key events in the film2. Step Outline: The writ-er produces a step outlineto plan the script.3. Drafts: The writer must produce a firstdraft of the script.4. Revisions: Once the draft is finished and the produceragrees on it, it is sent to the financers to review.5. Final Draft: Changes are made to the script and then isfinalised, then the writer gets paid.6. Sales Treatment: The finalpart of the script developmentis the sales treatment.
Scene 4: Packaging
1. What is Packaging?: The Producer and Directormust make the script into a commercial proposition2. The Cast: They now attach more well know starsto the script.3. Heads of Department: Commercially successfulheads of department carry considerableknowledge of financiers.4. Detailed Budget and Production Schedule: This iswhen the film is turned into a business proposition,the producer must know how much it will cost.5. Finance Plan and Recoup-ment Schedule: PotentialInvestors will want to knowhow the producer plans toget the money, and how theyplan to pay them back.6. The Complete Package:The Producer has packedthe film into a viable com-mercial proposition.6. Tying Down theWriter: The producercan arrange a writer.
Scene 5: Financing
1. The Market: The Producermust travel and meet poten-tial investors.2. Investment: Private individuals, Pro-duction Companies and Public Bodies allinvest in the film. The Producers Lawyerdraws up a contact3. Pre-Sales: The Producer can make mon-ey from selling the rights to the film beforeit has been made.4. Banks and Cap Funding: Some banks have depart-ments that specialise in film finance. They invest incommercial projects and also offer loans5. Completion Bonds: Mostfinanciers insist insurance forthe production is put in placebefore they agree to invest.6. Green Light: Oncethe essential fundingand insurance is se-cured, the film get
the ‘Green Light’.
Scene 6: Pre-Production
1. The Kick-Off Meeting: Once the Heads of Department are hired, the shooting script iscirculated and Pre-Production begins.2. Casting: The CastingDirector, Director andProducer begin identi-fying and casting theactors.3. Storyboarding: The Storyboard,where every shot is planned inadvance by the Director and theDOP is made.4. Production Design: The ProductionDesigner plans every aspect of thefilm and how it will look, and hirespeople to design and build each part.5. Special Effects Planning: EffectShots are planned in much more de-tail than normal shots.6. The Production Unit: The 1st AD. TheLine Producer and the Production Man-ager make up the logistic triangle of theproduction.
Scene 7: The Shoot
1. 1st Day Of Principal Photography:This is the key moment in film pro-duction when shooting begins.2. Camera: The Camera Departmentis responsible for getting all the foot-age the Director and Editor need.3. Lighting and Sound: Once thelighting, sound, setup, hair andmake-up have been checked,the shot can begin.4. Acting: The actors must createan emotional world and draw theaudience into it.5. Special Physical Effects: Every specialeffect must be carefully constructedand must be filmed without injuringthe cast or crew.6. Chain Of Command: The film produc-tion must be run with military precision to
make sure they don’t fall behind schedule.
Scene 8: Post Production
1. Rough Cut: As the processedfootage comes in, the editor has toput it in a narrative sequence.2. Post Production Sound: Once thepicture is locked, the Sound Depart-ment works on creating and editingevery sound.3. Digital Effects and Titles:Digital Effects are added byspecialist effects compositors.4. Grade and Colour: The finalstage of picture edits is to adjustthe colour and establish the aes-thetics of the film.5. Final Mix: After the Picture Lock,the rough sound mix goes to thedubbing theatre to finalise.6. Final Cut: After thefinal cut the film is readyto be duplicated.
Scene 9: Sales
1. Selling The Product: To help sellthe film to distributors they hirea specialist in film sales2. The Trailer: To help sell the film atrailer is made to advertise the film.3. Sales Toolkit: The Producer andsales agent collect everything tosell the film.4. Taking the Film To Market: The Pro-ducer must attract people to there film.5. Screenings: By getting the
film in a top film festival it’s
great for promotion.6. Deals: The director nowagrees deals with distributorsaround the world.
Scene 10: Marketing
1.The Marketing Team:To help sell the film theproducer gets a special-ist in film sales.2. The Audience: Themarketing team runstest screenings to seehow the film is received.3. Advertising: Potential audi-ence for the film is targetedwith posters, cinema trailersand TV spots.4. Press and Media Coverage: TV, radio,newspapers and magazines can spreadthe good word about the film.5. The Internet and New Marketing Models: Theinternet is flooded with film advertisement.6. Selling the Film To Exhibitors: In order for people to seethe film, the distributor must negotiate a deal with cinemasto screen it.

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