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  • 1. By Megan OBrien

2. Development: A film always starts out in the development stage. The producer of the movie selects the story he/she wants to film they choose the films they want to create from books or true storys etc. The producer then gives it to the writers. Werewriters take the story and re-write it making it into a script. They re-write it tomake it more dramatic and commercial for the audience. Next the screen play is then written. This can take several months as it is re written again and again toimprove the structure, dialogue, characters etc. As the screen writers want thefilm to be as commercial, sellable and appealing as possible.The next and most influential stage is thatthe film is pinched to financiers. Potentialfinanciers will be approached with the detailed screen play. This is so the filmmay have financial backing. 3. Pre-Production:This is were the movie is crafted in great detail and the overall production budget is established. Many of the key elements such as the main castmembers, director, assistant director, art director, choreographer, cinematographer, music composer are set, this is done by the producer. Pre- production includes selection of locations and designing the sets according tothe script. Wardrobe identification for each character in each scene, props, special effects and visual effects are identified. Also casting is decided this isthe process were the casting director selects the right actors for differentcharacters in each scene. Also a detailed schedule is produced and the screenplay is page-locked even though the writer may still be making adjustments.The size of the crew depends entirely on thebudget of the film. Many well establishedHollywood blockbusters may have a crew ofhundreds whereas small independent filmswill have a crew of 10 or even less. Formajor productions, insurance is created toprotect against accidents. 4. Production:This is the stage that entails actually shooting the film. Depending on how smoothly the Pre-production and the Development stages went this stageshould be very organized as the locations, cast and crew and script should all be established already. More crew will be recruited at this stage such asproperty master, script supervisor, assistant directors, stills photographer,picture editor etc. This stage is basically creating the film itself. During this stage the director will oversea cast rehearsals of dialogue, movements andstunts.Examples of production companies:Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox: and DreamWorks. 5. Post-Production andMarketing: Next comes the post-producing stage. Now that all thefilming is finished. It is the role of the editor to assemble the film. It is were the film is edited and shots are piecedtogether. The editor trims certain shots taking out a few seconds or minutes of some scenes to make it run smoothly. After this the producer and director give theirown approval of the editing. The picture is then locked andpassed on to be shown.The next stage is marketing. This is where the film is advertised in many ways one being the internet this is a great way to advertise a film as it is relatively cheap and veryaccessible for many people to see, also posters and viral campaigns. In addition film promotions in which the main actors in the upcoming film attend interviews with majorT.V programs to promote and talk about the film. This is a fantastic way to make peoplewant to see the film, as they get to recognize what major actors are in it. Also trailers andteaser trailers are used. 6. Distribution:This is the stage where the film is presented to potential buyers which are the distributers. So that it is then brought. Thedistributers will secure the screening of the films within cinemas.Once an agreement has been made the distributers can begin work on the release strategy. The distributers job is to create a buzzsurrounding the film so that the target audience can be reachedand the sales of the film can be increased. In the distribution industry there is a fierce competition to gain the right to distributefilms.A large proportion of major films released each year are sequels to other popular films and film franchises, such as the Harry Potter. These films aremore likely to be blockbuster films and therefore benefit from greater advertising and marketing for their theatrical release than some other films,as people will recognize them more. These films are a prime example of how distributers try to create a buzz or frenzy around the film, by using advertising, merchandise, board games, video games, the premiere and so 7. Universal pictures Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer picturesThe promotion and thedistribution of the film The first trailer appeared inworked extremely welltheaters and via the officialas overall its Final box website in May 2000,office gross in Americawhich was over ninereached $165,092,268,months before the film waswith a worldwide gross released.of $351,692,268. I picked this filmA well known film that has because overall itthe same thriller genre as was a completeours would be Hannibal. success.Released in 2001 by universal and Metro- Goldwyn-Mayer pictures. 8. Production companies: Orion Pictures Corporation was an American independent production company. It was formed in 1978 as a joint venturebetween Warner bros and executives of United Artists. Compared toits founder it was never a large motion picture producer but it did however achieve a high reputation. It merged with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer pictures to produce Silence of the Lambs a great psychological thriller. However it hit bankruptcy and was sold to ABC in 1991 and became ABC productions. Other films distributed by Orion was Amadeus and Dances with Wolves. All of which won academy awards for best picture. 9. Production Companies:Trademark Films was Trademarks debutestablished in 2000 by Baftaproduction was theaward winning producer Davidacclaimed 2001 film I It recently released MyParfitt and film financier Ivan Capture The Castle. Week With Marilyn whichMactaggart. picked up two Oscarnominations My week with Marilyn was backed by The Weinstein Company, BBC Films and LipSync. It is a British productionThe Trademark team has an multicompany, quite small butaward-winning track record, covering perfectly precise. With aa broad range of productions and particular emphasis on Britishbudgets. original screenplays.