What's the Process for Making a Movie?

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The process for making a movie involves finding a story to tell, putting together a budget, raising money, getting the people to make the movie and making the movie. Find out what happens in pre-production and post-production of a movie with filmmaking tips from a director and filmmaker in this free video on making movies.

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Hi, my name is Jared Drake and I'm going to talk to you about the process of making a movie. First step in making a movie and the most important is finding the story that you want to tell. This story should be something that you are deeply passionate about because making a film is a very long process and it takes a lot of heart and a lot of effort. So take your time with finding the story and fleshing the story out and making it something that you're really really passionate about. Then once you have that story the next step is to put together your budget. If you don't know how to budget a film you can go out and hire a line producer for a couple grand, they will break your story down and give you a budget. Now, that line producer should be somebody that you're going to have on the production because that person will budget the film totally different as another line producer. So, find a line producer that you want to work with, fork over you know a couple grand, and but you gotta do it if you want to make a real movie. Come out after that experience with a budget so you know, alright it's going to take me to that penny to get this movie made. Then you gotta go out and get your financing. Before you can legally raise money from individuals, you have to register with the SEC, meaning you have to have a securities attorney go out put together a private placement memorandums, a PPM. There's securities attorneys all over. They will basically put together a seventy to hundred page packet that's one huge disclaimer. And then once you have that PPM and you've registered with the SEC, the securities exchange commission and your SEC attorney, your securities attorney will help you take those steps, then you can go out to finance your private investors and legally raise money for your movie. Then once you have the financing, or as you're getting the financing, you're probably going to want to pair up with another producer, if this is your first time doing it. A lot of producers even great well known producers are looking for a great projects to get involved with that have financing or close to being financed. Find a casting director and start casting your film. You know, ask around, ask anybody if they know any casting directors, target certain casting directors. Get that person involved next because a casting director or a good producer is going to help you cast the film and cast brings money. Money also brings cast. So the two go hand in hand and it's kind of this weird game that you have to play before development in order to get your movie financed and get people on board. And keep in mind an independent movie, the best thing you can have when your movie's finished, to sell the film, is a known cast. Then once you've financed the movie you have your cast, then you put together your crew. Go out to different agencies, say, hey here's what we got. We got money, we're shooting these dates, send us reels of available crew. Lock in your locations and go in to preproduction. Basically what happens in preproduction is you start spending dough. the crew is officially on board, you're locking in locations, you're locking in permits, you're getting extra, you're getting all the materials you need to be ready for day one. Production can run anywhere from you know, nine days on a really, really, really insanely fast feature film shooting schedule, you know up to hundreds of days for major motion pictures. You shoot everything in production, you go in to post and you edit. Post believe it or not is where a large, large, large percentage of your money is spent. It's very expensive, post production, and entire process and it also takes the most time. Independent movies, you know, my film Visioneers, we were in post for just about a year, you know which was the longest process for us in the entire deal. You edit the movie. You have to take your time editing it. Once you've edited the picture, your lock picture, then you do your sound effects, your sound mix, your sound edit. You have the composer work. The composer, he or she may have started maybe even in preproduction just laying down some tracks. But the composer goes and polishes everything after you've locked the picture. Then you do your film out if you're going to do a film out or you finish however you're going to finish it, if it's and HD master or maybe you're just mastering a DVD. And there you go, you have your film and you're ready to take it out to festivals. You take it to distributors or maybe just put it on line right away and start selling DVDs.

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