Development involves the conceptualization of the Film Production process. It is impossible to overstate the importance of the story structure and screenplay for a film. There is a saying in the business: “If it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage.” The screenplay is the foundation for a picture and it had better be good or everything else will crumble around it. The reason most beginning independent filmmakers fail is because they have little or no experience judging the quality of a screenplay and often have no seasoned producer who can offer an objective and thoughtful evaluation. Ironically, the screenplay is also the one significant area in which independent filmmakers can have a significant advantage over their counterparts at the studios.
Pre-Production involves the assembly of all the elements necessary to begin principal photography. At a minimum this requires four to six weeks. Studio films generally prep for twelve to sixteen weeks. A picture that requires extensive preparation, such as one that relies heavily on special effects, might prep for as long as a year.
Production It may sound obvious that a director arriving on the set, ready to begin principal photography, should have a plan. Not all directors do. Those who take the time in advance to think through how to approach various scenes in the film will probably make a better film. They will certainly make a less expensive film. Sometimes this planning results in a shot list, either on paper or in the director’s mind. Other times, it will entail creating a detailed pictorial storyboard.
Post-Production begins with the editing of the picture and production sound tracks and ends with the printing of the first trial composite answer print. This is the first color-corrected print with a complete sound track. The principal steps that lead to the first trial print are picture editing, dialogue editing, sound effects editing, music scoring, music editing, the sound mix, titles and optical effects, the digital sound track, negative cutting and printing.
One reason studios spend incredible sums of money in overtime and other costs in order to rush a film through post-production is because there is so much money tied up in a studio film. The quicker the studio gets the film finished, the quicker it gets a return on the investment; if there are loans involved, with interest and penalties, the incentive is even greater. For the independent filmmaker, unless they are saddled with costly editing equipment rental charges, time may by their most valuable commodity during post-production.
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