Film Production Tips : The Production and  Post- Production Stages

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Here we go again, filmmaking! More tips on the film production process. Storytelling through films is an interesting art. We talked about the Pre-production stage before, which is where the production planning and script breakdown takes place. Now, we are on the next two stages that are involved when making films: Production and Post-production . 

Production

Production is the act of making something. The Production stage in the film-making process is where the filming takes place. This stage has the following departments and crew members to add to those from the Pre-production stage:

  • PRODUCTION DESIGN DEPARTMENT –  The crew here are:  Production designers, set Decorator, Props Master, Costume Designer; Makeup artist and Hairstylist
  • SOUND DEPARTMENT –  The crew are: Sound Designer, Sound Mixer, and Boom Operator.
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY DEPARTMENT –  The crew are: Cinematographer or Director of Photography, Camera operators, Clapper loader, Gaffer, Best Boy, Key Grip

Post-Production

Post-Production means final touching. It is where the film editing takes place, that is: the cutting and blending of the images and sounds to come out with the final product. This stage has the following departments and crew to add to those from Pre-production and Production stages: 

  • EDITING DEPARTMENT – The crew are: Editor, Supervising Editor, Titles Designer
  • SOUND DESIGN DEPARTMENT –  The crew are: Sound Editor, Sound Effects Editor, Foley Artist, Music Supervisor, Composer
  • VISUAL EFFECTS DEPARTMENT – The crew are: Visual Effects Supervisor, Technical Director, Visual effect Artist, Animator
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An understanding of the Film Production Process with a simple example. 

Filmmakers are not different from cooks.  Let’s use a cook to illustrate the filmmaking process in a film production company. 

  • Before the cook prepares the food, she has to decide what kind of food she will be cooking. Then she will make a list for the items before she buys them. In a film project, this is similar to the Pre-production stage. where the filmmaker or the producer makes a list for the crew members and cast, gets the screenplay; creates the shooting schedule; the production budget, the storyboard etc.
  • Taking the items to the kitchen and arranging them  before the cooking process starts, is similar to the Production stage. For film, it is like taking the production equipment, cast and crew to the shooting location to film the scenes. 
  • Then putting the items in the pot and on the fire is similar to taking the filmed scenes to the editor for film productions. As the pot boils and every spices mixing in the pot is similar to  cutting and blending of the film footage (editing) . Which is in the Post production stage Thus, a pot for a cooker is like a film editing studio for a filmmaker where all the blending takes place.

Some Important notes to take when making a film.

Film schools or production companies will not teach you on how to tell a story or make films.  Rather, they will give you the technical skills you need for the industry. That is, with filmmaking courses, you can learn how to apply your talent in a video production company. Whether  you are an independent filmmaker or you operate in a big production company;  you doing high or low budget productions,  you produce short films; feature length; documentary or TV-series;   here are some basic key points:

  • Make sure to get the right casts and crew for the film set.
  • Keep to time, come earlier on set.
  • Always rehearse each scene for some times before filming.
  • check the scenes you shoot : images and sounds before you proceed to the next scene.
  • Make sure to record the sounds on location of each scene before you leave the place.
  • Always have back-up drives to save your project. 

 Film Production with Jon-Michael

 

Reference

Jon-Michael, Film Production Stages: five minutes film school (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5EoMcoUI2Q)



Comments (3)

  1. Thank you very much. I heard some of the crew in the various department for the first time. I will read more about them.
    My question.
    Is it okay to shoot with two different cameras one a set?

  2. This is very insightful. I am also a film maker and i have this great script, if possible , I will like to work with your department on the S ript. 0545723450. That’s my contact details. Expecting to hearing from you

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