Film Making Process: The Seven Stages of Creating a Movie  

Film Making Process: The Seven Stages of Creating a Movie  

Creating a movie is far more complicated than you would think. There is a lot of hard work involved from the moment the idea of the movie is born until the moment where the movie actually hits the big screen.

There are also a lot of people involved in every step of creating a movie. So, if you are here reading this article we assume you are curious to know more about the film making process.

It goes without saying that there is an endless number of steps involved in creating a movie. However, we’ve listed the top seven and extremely important stages of film making.

So, whether you are just a curious person who needs to know about the process of filmmaking or an aspiring filmmaker who is on a lookout to seek more knowledge about filmmaking, this article aims to answer all of your questions.

Film Making Process: All You Need to Know 

The process of creating a movie involves a ton of variables. Right from the time, you would start jotting down the idea of the movie to even beginning to start the production of the film.

A lot of the processes also depends on the kind of movie you are making, the budget set for the movie and the number of actors that are going to be acting in the movie.

It is important to note that the following steps we have spoken about briefly cover the general process of filmmaking.

Conceptualization

Every single movie that you see on screen is because a person or a group of people have sat down and brainstormed the idea for it. Although it is important to remember that the concept first written down is not set in stone. As the process for creating the movie continues, the concept can also undergo a ton of changes.

This could be annoying over time as you will need to constantly brainstorm. As much as these things are unavoidable, one thing you must do while conceptualizing is that have a set plot and characters.

Doing so will ensure that no matter how many changes occur in the idea, the basic concept of the movie always remains the same.

Another thing you should consider is creating a folder for the project. Not an entire concept of a movie will come to you in one single day.

Over time, whatever influences you from a magazine, newspaper, book and the likes, or even some conversation that you had with somebody or something you saw on a street and even your dreams, save and make note of it all. You never know, how and when these may come in need.

The Script

Once you are set with your concept, the next step is creating a script. The script is where you will be jotting down the story and the dialogues.

This is important as this script will be used by the castmates and the production team. Additionally, it also works as a reference for you while you are shooting the movie.

Like conceptualization, the script too can undergo a series of changes as the movie advances. So, don’t make the script set in stone either. You will find yourself changing the script on and off as you get better ideas.

Also, be open to the idea of your actors improvising. Since they are the ones playing the character, it’s very likely that they are able to see better from the characters point of view.

Storyboard and Production

As the word suggests this is a drawing board with a sequence of stories per shot that is drawn for the movie. This is done by all established filmmakers as it helps you as well as the team members visualize the scene better.

This will also help in choosing what camera angles work best, choosing the right frame and so on. Having a storyboard will avoid as much confusion between you and the members on the set.

Production is another key factor in the filmmaking process. It’s only in this phase can you plan for every day of the shoot. The main aim of production is to ensure that everything is on time and in the budget.

Choosing the Cast and Hiring the Crew

Choosing the cast is an integral part of any movie. You must choose actors who fit the exact description of the character you’ve created and you know are capable of giving absolute justice to the role.

Hiring the right crew for the movie is also important. The crew is basically the support system of the movie. Be sure to hire them based on their previous work and experience.

Locations

When you created the concept for your movie, you would’ve certainly had an idea of where you would like it to be. Choose a location that fits all of your exact needs.

You could do so right in the beginning by walking along those streets with a camera to see whether it’s exactly what you are looking for. Be sure to choose areas with ample space and a ton of lighting.

Filming and Photography

This is what it all comes down to. When it comes to the filming and photography of a movie you can either buy or rent the necessary equipment, to begin with. Be sure you that everything comes within the budget and maintain a record for every single purchase.

Always be as organized as you can and try your best to be on the schedule. Note that running late on your schedule will cost you more money especially if you are renting a location.

Post Production

Post-production is where you sew all the pieces of the movie together. This is a long and tedious process. In this stage, you will be able to edit all of the shots you’ve taken and ultimately be able to create a rough version of the movie.

You will be able to add special effects, sound effects, correct colors and so on. This is also the stage where you will be using editing software to edit your movie. Be sure to hire a trained professional to do so.

Conclusion

These are the top seven stages of the film making process. We recommend that after the rough cut in the post-production, you preview it to people who are close to you and hold no bias to get a review about the movie and see if there are any changes that are necessary.

We can assure you that these seven stages are crucial and will help you in your own movie.