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Five Phases of Film: Production

Lights, camera, action!

Finally filming begins. It’s the beginning of a shift of responsibility from producer to director. Each scene is filmed as the director deems fit.  This could involve paying great attention to detail, motivating actors to do their best, or painting the picture that the script describes. Specific locations, lights and camera angles may be necessary to bring a shot to life on screen.

Almost always, a shot involves numerous takes to get it “right”. Pre-production really pays off in this phase. Techniques such as blocking, lighting, rehearsing, tweaking and shooting are used to get a desired shot. Blocking involves Peter Marshall, film director for over 40 years, goes into detail of each step of the shooting process on his website (http://actioncutprint.com/filmmaking-articles/filmmakingarticle-05/). Once a shot is right, the Director yells, “print!” in which signifies that the final shot was achieved. The reel is taken to a dark room to be printed and developed, as well as saved in various locations and hard drives. Damage to reels is very common so it is crucial to get shots printed as soon as possible for fear of being tampered with in the future.  Having developed shots also can help motivate staff by allowing them to see a glimpse of the whole movie and recognizing that their work is paying off.

Even through this hectic process, things can still get out of control. Whether it is unexpected weather, an actor falling sick, or new ideas, the film is never static until the end. Producers manage any unforeseen changes, which could involve increasing the budget, hiring new talent or making executive decisions in order for the film to continue.  The Producer acts as a liaison between filmmakers and investors to ensure that budgetary and scheduling dilemmas are kept under control.  In essence, the Producer works behind the scenes of the scenes, and extinguishes any heated complications that may jeopardize the filmmaking process.

One week until post-production!