Development - This is simply the process of 'finding' a story. Ideas for films come from a variety of sources, they can range from novels, real life events to computer game adaptations. Once you've got an idea you'll need someone to write a pitch for you which you take to a film producer in an attempt to get some funding to make your film. Even at this very early stage you need a very clear idea of who you're aiming you film at so you can include elements that will appeal to them.
Pre-production - Once you've got funding you establish your budget and can begin to get a film crew together, you can storyboard the script. You also need break the script down into individual scenes and identify all the locations, props, cast members, costumes, special effects and visual effects needed.
Production - This is simply the process of 'making' the film. Provided you've done your job properly in the pre-production stage making the film should be straight forward. 'Film' is very expensive and difficult to store so an increasing number of film makers are using digital cameras to save money.
Post-production - During this stage you take all the 'film' you've shot and give it to a film editor. They will then begin putting it together. Special effects will be added, a soundtrack will be added, any missing dialogue will be re-recorded and added resulting in a 'rough cut'. This will be shown to the director and a test audience who will offer feedback. Often this causes scenes to be filmed and added or removed.
Screenwriters research and develop story ideas and write screenplays.
Producers are responsible for all aspects of a film's production, putting together a creative and talented cast and crew, and turning story ideas into profitable films.
Casting Directors organise the casting (selecting) of Actors for all roles in a film.
Directors are the driving creative force in a film's production - visualising and defining the style and structure of the film, then bringing it to life.
A Financial Controller manages all aspects of the finances of a company or large film production.
Camera Operators prepare and operate the camera and all its equipment, working with the Director and Director of Photography.
Film Editors work closely with the Director to craft the finished film.
Production Designers define and manage every visual aspect of a film.
The Marketing and Publicity Managers' main responsibility is to convince the public that this is a 'must-see' movie. Once Distributors have identified the target audiences and potential revenue, the marketing campaign should reach target audiences before and during film releases.
Programmers are responsible for choosing the right films for the right target audience.
Billy Ray- screenwriter
Nina Jacobson- producer
Debra Zane- casting director
Gary Ross- director
Joe D'Alessandro- camera operator.
Juliette Welfing- editor
Phillip Messina- production designer