4 Steps to Filmmaking

This article will lead you through the steps of making a film. It goes into great detail breaking down each stage of the filmmaking process. It will show you how to prepare and be organized in making a film.


Producing a film, whether it is a short-film or a feature-film, is a mammoth task. To help reduce the stress and confusion of filmmaking, you need to learn how a film is made so you can be organized and prepared which is the secret to a successful filmmaker.

How a film is made
To simplify the task of making a film, you need to break the production down into 4 stages:

  1. Pre-Production – preparation to shoot the film.
  2. Production – shooting the film
  3. Post Production – editing the film
  4. Marketing – Promoting and screening your film

We then break down each production stage into tasks which will help you to be organized each step of the way in making a film.

Step 1 Pre-Production

  • Write the screenplay/script
  • Breakdown the script (locations, characters, props, effects)
  • Casting (choosing your actors)
  • Scouting for locations
  • Determine what production equipment, props and effects will be needed for each scene as per the script scene breakdown
  • Finding your crew who will help shoot the film
  • Working out a schedule to shoot the film in the shortest amount of time

Step 2 Production
shoot the film as per the shooting schedule

Step 3 Post-Production

  • Editing the image and sound of footage
  • Add sound effects
  • Composer creates music score for film
  • Titles
  • Final sound mix and format (e.g. mono, stereo or surround sound)

Step 4 Marketing
Screen and promote your film at film festivals

Conclusion
You have now learned the 4 steps to filmmaking. I will be writing articles taking you through each step from pre-production to marketing so you can be prepared and organized when making your films.

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