How a film is made

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How a film becomes a film

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  • 1. An idea An idea is written down in great detail and usually story-boarded before its pitched.
  • 2. The pitch A studio has to be convinced that the film is worth making. Someone has to talk them in to it. To get the idea across it will normally be developed into a summary of how the film will go. A presentation to the company will be used.
  • 3. The studio They put together the team to make the movie, this includes cinematographers, editors and sound teams. Once a director has been picked they find actors, and the studio also finds the money. Sometimes a studio needs to find investors to raise enough cash.
  • 4. Production The location scouts must find the places to film the movie, then it's ready to be made. It is not filmed in the order you see it on screen. The director has a storyboard and what they film first depends on which actors and locations are available.
  • 5. Post-production The raw filming (called rushes) is edited in this stage. The music is added and sometimes actors re-record lines that weren't clear enough. Editing is mostly done on computers. In the past, film was actually cut into bits and stuck back together - movie people still say an edited film has been 'cut'.
  • 6. Release The film is sent out to cinemas ready for you to see it.
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