One of the greatest forms of entertainment today is a film. Millions of Americans spend billions of dollars on movie tickets for films released each year. There is no other experience equal to watching a well-made film on the big screen. A good film draws you in and makes you care about the characters and the events unfolding before you. It makes you feel emotions and become interested in a good story. There is nothing else quite like it.
After a great film, most of us leave the theater without a thought to the time-consuming and extensive process that went in to the making of the film; we’re too wrapped up in the story. And that is how it should be. But because most of aren’t involved in the filmmaking process, it is mostly a mystery. The process is usually divided into five stages: Development, Pre-production, Production, Post-Production, and Sales & Distribution.
The Development stage of a film usually involves the writing and drafting of a script.
It begins with a synopsis, then a step outline, a treatment, and then stage direction. The producer usually finds some kind of story that could be developed into a film and finds a writer or writers to create the screenplay. The screenplay may be re-written several times.
In Pre-Production, preparations are made for the shooting of the film. Usually in this stage the cast and crew is hired, a director will be found, and actors will be auditioned and hired. The locations of the film will be selected and sets will be built. Also, in this stage a storyboard is created, visualizing the scenes in the film.
Production is when the shooting begins. This stage will include long days of shooting and camera work.
This is the stage in the filmmaking process when the actors will do their part of the film. Usually the screenwriter is on set in order to make sure the filming follows the screenplay as planned, or so he or she can make changes to the screenplay as the shooting progresses.
Post-Production is when the film comes together. The most important part of post-production is editing. The film’s editor will piece the film together in order to get the most effective and cohesive story. Once this is done, sound editing will splice in dialogue and sound, special effects teams will add their part, and music will be scored and recorded.
The Sales & Distribution part of the process is when the film is put on the big screen. Once it is a finished product it will be screened for audiences and distributors and tweaked as deemed necessary. The distributor will then take the movie and get it to theaters and other sources.
With all that goes into a filmmaking, it is no wonder that a film is one of the most vibrant and exciting forms of entertainment available today.
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but recently i have read in some very reliable sources that there are six. Would any one care to shed some light on this for me?
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