You are ready to create the film you have been envisioning for months. The only problem you face is how you can even start this process. What do you do to start filming a video? Film production is more of a process than some might think. Though there are a ton of small steps taken to create the end result, we can normally group all of these into three main steps- pre-Production, production, and post-production.
Pre-production is everything you do before you actually start filming. In this stage, some of the things you do are first meeting with producers and production teams, researching, writing your script, casting, re-writing your script, hiring all the crews you need, and so much more. For film productions, pre-production is a super vital step to the success of your film. If you don’t have a successful or at least useful pre-production time, it is likely that your film won’t end up the way you want it to. Putting in the time here is how you get the good results at the end. This stage can vary in length big time. Some big factors of how long pre-production will take is how long of a film you are trying to produce and if you are trying to incorporate a lot of effects.
Production is when all the pre-production work and planning starts to come to life. This is when the director finally shouts “action” and you get to film. Camera crews, casts, lighting crews, directors, and producers all have to work together in this stage. If they aren’t communicating or working together, the film probably won’t turn out well. The film production stage can take anywhere from a day to a few months to complete, depending on what type of video you are filming. Though it seems like the biggest stage of video producing, it is typically one of the quickest.
Post-production includes everything you do after filming is over. One of the biggest steps in this stage is the editing of your film. Depending on what type of video you just made the editing process can take different amounts of time. Music, visual effects, sound effects and other graphics being added are just a few of the things editors will do. Post-production will also include clean up of the set which can be quite the task depending on your set size. Post-film production can be a longer stage, but it is also one of the most exciting stages because your film is almost done.
Film production stages and steps can vary based on different set teams and films. These three stages, pre-production, production, and post-production are the three umbrella stages though. It is the most effective way to get your film scheduled, planned, filmed, and edited. Now that you know the steps to create a successful film production set, you can get started on creating your dream film.