7 Steps for Beginner’s Guide to the Filmmaking Process.!!
“WE DON’T MAKE MOVIES TO MAKE MORE MONEY. WE MAKE MONEY TO MAKE MORE MOVIES.” – Walt Disney
Few people often begin to wonder how much effort it took to create a great film after they’ve seen it. They may look into how much the actors were paid or what type of budget the picture had, but there’s no way to properly understand what it takes to make a film until you’ve gone through it yourself.
Here’s a basic overview of how a film is made, in case you’re an aspiring filmmaker or just want to learn more about the industry. Consider this a step-by-step tutorial to the filming process:
Step 1: The Idea
Every film you’ve ever watched began as a concept in someone’s head. Even if things alter as the project progresses, the tale you come up with at the start will serve as the framework for everything else. Begin by considering the type of tale you want to tell in your film, as well as all of the major storey elements such as storyline, characters, and conflict.
Our advice: Ideas come to us at the most inopportune times! Always keep your phone or writing equipment with you to jot down any interesting ideas that can improve your novel.
It’s also a good idea to keep newspaper and magazine articles, snatches of overheard dialogue, notes on personalities you encounter on the street, and even dreams in a folder. You may not know what to do with these items right now, but you will in the future.
Step 2: The Script
The screenplay is where you’ll write the storey, setting, and dialogue in a chronological order. The rest of the team will utilise this vital tool to figure out what will happen in the movie. You’ll use your own script as a reference during the process, since you may need to review particular actions, conversation lines, and other details.
Our advice: Don’t be scared to tweak the script once you think it’s finished. Better ideas will almost always occur to you following this point in the filmmaking process.
Also, whether in practise or on set, don’t be afraid to let your performers improvise. You might be amazed by what your performers can imagine from the perspective of their characters. This is especially true for filmmakers who aren’t known for their dialogue writing skills.
Step 3: The Storyboards
A storyboard is a series of sketches that depict the shots you intend to shoot. This method is highly recommended since it allows you to picture each scenario and make decisions about camera angles, shot sizes, and other details. When your storyboard helps other people on set understand what you’re attempting to achieve, you’ll realise its actual worth.
Photographing your storyboards can also be a quick answer for folks who believe they can’t draw. This can be done with your camera phone. Simply bring a few people to your place and tell them to “stand here, stand there,” and take photos. Take a lot of photos. From a variety of viewpoint points. Then choose your favourites, and there you have it: your storyboard. This has the extra benefit of demonstrating what is truly feasible. Because we frequently draw storyboards just to learn, much to our dismay, that we’d have to demolish-+ a wall to achieve the perspective we’d envisioned.
Step 4: The Cast and Crew
Putting together your team may be exhilarating and nerve-wracking at the same time. We suggest that you spend as much time as you need to discover the ideal people for your project. Consider past work and experience when hiring crew members, and ask for showreels or other examples if they are available. Auditions should be held to find the best actors and actresses for your roles.
Our tip: Don’t feel pressured to invite friends and family in your endeavour. Because this is your film, you must hire the greatest individuals for the task. Hopefully, your friends are professional enough to understand if you don’t think they’re a good fit for your project.
Step 5: The Locations
It’s possible that you’ll need to build sets for a certain scenario. However, you’ll need to perform some reconnaissance to discover the greatest locations for scenarios when an actual place will suffice. Take a camera with you and do as much exploring as you can, taking photos of areas that you believe might be ideal for certain settings.
Our advice is to always think about how much space the cast and crew will need. Choose an area that will accommodate only the actors and not the cameras, lighting, or other equipment.
Step 6: The Filming
This is where it all comes down to. To prepare, make sure you have a script for the shoot as well as an organised timetable of what will be filmed when. Allow plenty of time for shooting scenes so you’re never rushed and can adjust to changes or problems. It’s not uncommon for a scene that will appear in the final cut for one minute to take more than five hours to film.
Our tip: If time allowed, try capturing the same scenes from other angles. You’ll have more video to work with, and your viewers will be more interested.
Step 7: The Post-Production
You were wrong if you believed filming takes a long time. In post-production, all of your footage is edited together to create a rough version of the film. After you’ve completed the rough edit, you can start adding sound effects, music, visual effects, and colour correction. This procedure will necessitate the use of editing software; if you’re unsure, find/hire an expert editor.
Our advice is to display your rough cut to people you can trust before polishing it. It’s better to figure out what’s not working now than when your audience is seeing the finished product.