We don’t call ourselves “Complete Filmmakers”, but the flexibility of our production team allows us to more quickly change roles and projects. We value specialized skills and experience, which we seek to develop among our staff and freelancers to establish our “go-to” people for certain tasks, and search for new people that bring different talents and wisdom.
But we definitely encourage our team to share their knowledge in creative development sessions and informal chats so we can improve on what we do and ensure we have a strong “bench” that is prepared when called upon.
Filmmaking involves a number of discrete stages including an initial story, idea, or commission, through scriptwriting, casting, shooting, sound recording and reproduction, editing, and screening the finished product before an audience that may result in a film release and exhibition. Filmmaking takes place in many places around the world in a range of economic, social, and political contexts, and using a variety of technologies and cinematic techniques. Typically, it involves a large number of people, and can take from a few months to several years to complete.
, every step of actually creating the film is carefully designed and planned. The production company
is created and a production office
established. The film is pre-visualized by the director, and may be storyboarded
with the help of illustrators
and concept artists. A production budget is drawn up to plan expenditures for the film.
Storyboard Artist: creates visual images to help the director and production designer communicate their ideas to the production team.
Director: is primarily responsible for the storytelling, creative decisions and acting of the film.
Assistant Director: manages the shooting schedule of the production.
Film Producer: One who hires the crew
Location Manager: Finds and manages film locations.
Production Designer: The one who creates the visual conception of the film
Costume Designer: Creates the clothing for the characters in the film working closely with the actors
Casting Director: Finds actors to fill the parts in the script
Choreographer: Creates and coordinates the movement and dance - typically for musicals
Director of Photography: The head of the photography
of the entire film, supervises all cinematographers
and Camera Operators
In production, the video production/film
is created and shot. More crew will be recruited at this stage, such as the property master, script supervisor, assistant directors
, stills photographer, picture editor
, and sound editors
. These are just the most common roles in filmmaking; the production office
will be free to create any unique blend of roles to suit the various responsibilities possible during the production of a film.
Here the video/film is assembled by the video/film editor
. The shot film material is edited. The production sound (dialogue) is also edited; music tracks and songs are composed and recorded if a film is sought to have a score; sound effects are designed and recorded. Any computer-graphic visual effects are digitally added. Finally, all sound elements are mixed into "stems", which are then married to picture, and the film is fully completed