The Stages Of Filmmaking

Filmmaking is the process of creating a film – and it is not just about recording the scenes. With extremely large budgets, the entire filmmaking process can take months, or even years, to fully complete. There are five major stages that can be identified during the process of creating a film:

• Film development – this is the initial stage where the unique ideas for the film are found, the rights are obtained and the financing for the film is sought after and green-lit. The film can be created basing itself on a novel, video game, comic book, or even another film. It can also be an entirely original idea, with no basis on other sources whatsoever. Once the original idea for the film is decided, the rights have to be obtained from the related publishing presses or companies if the film is based on another source (this does not happen if it’s an original film), and the budget required for the film is assessed and green-lit. Meanwhile, a crucial part of the film – the screenplay – is also written during this stage by the screenwriter.

• Film pre-production – pre-production entails all the preparations which have to be carried out prior to the actual shooting of the movie. This includes the casting of actors and actresses, the selection of the production staff, the selection of the shooting location, the creation of sets and the obtaining or manufacturing of the required props.

Film production in Singapore –This includes the actual shooting process. Since the scenes have not yet been adjusted or anything, they are also known as ‘raw shootings’. When shooting has to be done in remote locations, it can take as well as fourteen to eighteen hours per day, therefore production is very labour intensive work. Furthermore the raw shooting is often much longer than the entire length of the film, with many similar scenes taken for the same scene (one of them will be selected during the post-production process).

• Film post-production – once the raw shooting has been completed, the post-production process selects the scenes which will make the cut into the film, and then proceeds to enhance the scenes. This includes the addition of various special effects in the form of visual and audio effects, and the editing of lightning and other qualities of the scenes. CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) is one of the predominant forms of visual effects nowadays.

• Film distribution – this is basically the releasing of the finished film. Films are normally have a theatrical release (there are exceptions however), with the most popular films having global theatrical releases. After some time, the films are then released to home video in the form of DVDs, blu-rays, etc.