Pre-production – Is the stage of the production before anything happens, first of all it will involve developing ideas, then you will move onto getting those ideas down onto a plan. Through storyboarding, scripting, recce’s, risk assesments and more. Pre-production is the most important part of the whole process because it gives you a solid plan for you to follow all of the through, if you are ever confused or lost during production you can look back and know exactly what to do.
Production – is mostly to do with filming the project, although there are many different jobs available in this sector such as camera operators, sound men, directors the list goes on. This is where all of the footage is captured so it is extremely important that everything is done correctly and the pre-production is followed, not only is it more professional to do so it also makes the whole thing a lot easier.
Post-production – is what happens after the filming ends, what stands out most is the editing, where all of the footage comes together. This is an extremely time consuming part of the production as all of the footage will need to be looked through, checked to see if it is good enough to put into the final piece, then it all needs to be put together, trimmed, sound added, colours changed, there is so much more which goes on that is so important to make the final piece look professional. I would most like to work as a editor for short action/sport films for example a skateboarding video is what interests me most. Although it’s time consuming it is very rewarding to see the final piece which you have put together.
Professionals – Pre-production, Screenwriters – Woody Allen – Midnight in Paris (2011)
Production, Camera operators – Emmanuel Lubezki – The Cat in the Hat (2003)
Post production, Editors – Michael Kahn – The Goonies (1985)
Woody Allen – is not just a screenwriter but a successful actor, director and comedian. He has a unique way of doing things for example his films often start off with narration or the protagonist talking directly to the audience. As well as this he also films his dialogue with long, mediaum range shots instead of typical intercut close-ups.
Emmanuel Lubezki – filmed a 12 minute single shot take as the opening scene for the 2013 film gravity, in this film he worked with Alfonso Cuarón who wanted that shot to be even longer but Emmanuel felt like coming in and saying that it was too long already. As well as this he is globally recognised as one of the most successful cinematographers around.
Michael Kahn – has worked closely with famous directors such as Steven Spielberg which he has worked with for around 30 years. He is also one of the few editors who still edit on film and in his time he has worked on some massive films such as The Goonies, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Schindlers List, Lara Croft, Peter Pan and more.