Way back then, indie filmmaking was an esteemed, enigmatic, hazardous, and expensive profession. Thus the reason why only a few individuals would want to be a filmmaker. Instead, they just settle down as either a patron, an audience member or a viewer.
With the introduction of advanced digital technologies, the filmmaking profession has become less difficult and easily accessible. Any individual with a smartphone, tablet, DSLR, or a simple video camera, combined with a basic video editing app can instantly create a ‘film’ and easily post them online through YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, and etc.
What is the Filmmaking process?
There are three distinct stages of the filmmaking process. The 3 include planning or pre-production, filming or production, and completion of the film or also known as post-production.
During this stage, filmmakers start to think of ideas and how you’re going to tell your story. Oftentimes, their ideas are simplified into not more than 50 words. When they’ve generated the idea, they go on to the next step which is scriptwriting and storyboard making. And before they start shooting in a certain location, they visit it first and make sure that they have the permission to shoot the film there. Another thing, filmmakers are advised to get legal agreements signed before the production stage.
Filming or production officially starts as the filmmaker records its first footage. The second stage captures every scene and information captured in the pre-production or planning stage. During this stage, the filmmaker will work out the lighting requirements, framing, and composition. There are filming projects that include shooting B-Rolls which are supplementary footages which are included in the completed product.
The post-production stage commences after all the footage has been recorded/captured. For several filmmakers, this is their most favorite part of the filmmaking process. Professionals can add graphics, images, music, editing, and special effects to the raw videos. For first-time filmmakers, it can be both difficult and educational at the same time. Post-production is like applying the last coat of paint on a wall. This is when your project will truly come to life.
Post-production also includes the sharing process of your film. With today’s advancement in technology, you can now easily share your film online, either on Vimeo, YouTube, Facebook, and much more. This will also be the time that you can get opinions from viewers all around the world.