The Movie-Making Process


Movies are big business nowadays, raking in billions of dollars from people wanting to see everything from high octane action, to endearing romance, to frightening horror. But how do the companies in charge of the biggest form of entertainment go about bringing their projects to the big screen?

Every movie starts with an idea. That idea usually starts out small, able to be written out in less than fifty words. The idea is then taken to pre-production, which is essentially the planning of the film. Filmmakers make story boards, which are sequences of drawings and dialog used to pitch certain scenes for a film, so that they can get an idea of what the movie will look like. Writers will also be hired to write the movie’s script, which is basically all of the dialog and actions the actors and actresses will be saying and doing throughout the movie.

After pre-production, it goes, surprise, to production. The film equipment is gathered, such as cameras, microphones, stunt equipment, and lighting equipment, and the crew and cast are transported to the chosen filming location to begin shooting the picture. Typically, much of what is filmed doesn’t make it to the final cut of the film. There are scenes that end up not being used, and lots of takes are filmed of a single scene to ensure that they get the best cut. After the full movie is filmed, the project moves into the final stage.

The final step of film-making process is post-production, or editing and sharing. The filmmakers sort through the footage and pick out the best scenes, then edit them together, making the final picture. The special effects and sounds are added, and the marketing is taken care of. The film is then distributed to theaters and other platforms and released to the public. Later, the film will be developed for DVD, Blu-Ray, and digital platforms like Netflix and Hulu. 

All in all, I think making a movie would be a really fun experience, and it isn’t a complicated process, either.

By: Dylan Hiegel

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