Production is the phase where principle photography takes place, it’s the shooting part of the process, where you actually create and record visuals. This phase happens after everything is locked in terms of camera, lights, Location, Actors, Crew and other logistics in pre-production. After giving every one the Call Time in form of call sheet to come on set. Call sheet is generally made by 2nd assistant director for every day shoot. One must reach on time or before time on the location, sometimes being late can hamper your shoot. Here you will do the shoot on the basis of your script, storyboard, shot list and whatever discussed with your DP and production designer during the process of pre-production.
Reach the location before time and start thinking and planning the movements and positing of the actors. When all the equipment’s starts unloading, you take your Actors and DP and show them the Action with camera movements, also called Blocking. On the basis of the blocking (actor’s movements) now your DP starts to set up the lighting, meanwhile actors get ready with their costume and makeup.
Production already been done Day before or Days before depends on the scale of the set, if it’s a set construction or can be done on the day of the shoot if it’s just placing the props on the location. So, when actors are ready, lighting and camera is ready, production design is ready you can start the shooting.
While shooting, camera department measure the focus, Assistants directors give actor the marking of their movements. Then the Rehearsals of both actors and camera movement begin. When you are satisfied with the actors and camera movements you can go for a take. It’s important to have silence on the shoot so, there will be no noise on recording other than the dialogues. It’s better to take a few options of the shot that is taking place so that you can compare with a free mind on editing table.
A director is always in search of a perfect take, which satisfies him and he can call it an “ok” take. If you are not happy with a take let your actor know what more he can do to give the take you want. Look at the monitor and see is that what you want, something you visualized before or you want to do something to make it better.
The Script Supervisor will sit in front of the monitor and do the continuity. Sound mixer will do the recording and Boom operator will handle the mic. Acting plays an important role in conveying the emotions to the audience, one should concentrate in getting out the best performance from the actors so the audience can empathize.
While packing up after the shoot is over, make sure copy the shoot data in multiple drives for safety.
A movie is made at three time in the process on script level, on shooting and on editing table. So, this process involves in making the movie for the third time. This process involves Editing, Sound Mixing, Music, Visual Effects (VFX), DI (color correction).
The editor lines up the footage shot in an editing software. You than sit with editor check each shot closely and tally with the continuity sheet for OK takes and NG (Not good) takes. Editing is the art of seamlessly joining the shots so that Audience can’t figure out the cut and also tends to make the Narrative interesting. So, you compare and reject all the bad takes and make the shots into a film by joining them as story demands.
Now the film goes to the sound department for leveling of sound, add Foley to it and other sound effects that are needed. Then add Background Music (BGM) to it.
If VFX is required, then after editing the shots (only shots which is in the final edit) goes to the VFX department so that they can create the required effects.
At last when Film is ready after VFX finally it goes to DI or in a simple way we say color correction.
In the end before going for distribution one should screen the movie to a group of audiences to check upon their feedback and response.
This is the process of releasing your film in theaters with the help of a middle man or a company called Distributor. The distributer watches the film, he also looks at the commercial value of your film in terms of director’s profile, cast and everything. It is a tough job to get a distributor for a film similarly it is tough to get a producer for your project.
There are lot of distributors in the market, range from big companies to independent distributor. Big distributors have a good reputation with the exhibitors (theatre owners) so they have the ability to release you film at big level in terms of No. of screens and shows. For an independent filmmaker if you don’t get a distributor don’t get upset, hope for the best and there are few other options like you can send it to film festivals.
If your film does good in film festivals and win some awards, then might some distributor or producer gets interested to release it. Other option is you can go with independent distributors but check their work profile before entrusting in them. You can also share your film to online services who gives your film to online viewership, which helps you generate some money online.
Hope this article might help you in getting the overview of filmmaking process.