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Five Phases of Filmmaking

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Lesson 2
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Lesson 3
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Lesson 4
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Lesson 5
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Lesson 6
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Lesson 7
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Lesson 8
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Lesson 9
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Lesson 10
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Contributed By Glen Berry

IMPORTANT CONCEPTS
  1. Five Phase Process
  2. Time Spent in Pre-Production yields Quality
  3. Pros know Development and Distribution.

Before we begin actually creating our movie, we need to put entire process into context. One of the best ways to do this is look at each step and talk about what is going to happen at each step.

The movie-making process consists of five phases. They are:

  1. Development
  2. Pre-production
  3. Production
  4. Post Production
  5. Distribution.

Please take a moment to look at the image below.

SUMMARY

  • Moviemaking can be broken down into five distinct phases; development, pre-production, production, post production and distribution.
  • The more time and energy a moviemaker invests in pre-production, the higher quality the end product.
  • The hallmark of a professional moviemaker is their ability to fund their project in development and sell the project in distribution.
MEDIA
A printable PDF document outlining the five phases of production and the tasks involved with each.
LESSON
Introduction to Fiction Production
An introduction to fiction production, the objectives and focus of the course and the starting point of a project.
Five Phases of Filmmaking
A road map to the entire movie making process.
The Filmmaking Team
Above-the-line and below-the-line job positions and descriptions in Production.
Concept Development
A series of evaluations by the Producer to determine if the script is ready to move into the Production stage of development.