Production (Film)

Production has come along way since the early 1900’s. In the 1930’s movie production had become a booming business, the studios that promoted and exhibited these films controlled them.  Making people that owned these studios extremely rich. This was completely shutdown in 1948, after a series of court appeals, the Supreme Court ruled against the film industry in what is commonly known as the Paramount decision, forcing these big studios that control all aspects of the industry to divest themselves of their theatres (Campbell, Martin, Fabos, 221).  Basically making it illegal to control more than two aspects of the industry.

Film production is everything involved in making a movie from securing the script and actors to raising money and actually filming (Campbell, Martin, Fabos, 235). When watching a movie no matter the size large-scale blockbuster, to local movie tavern shorts there was a lot of work put in that is probably taken for granted by the viewer. There are various steps that go into production but they can be easily categorized. There are three parts to production, preproduction stage, production stage, and postproduction stage.  All three work hand in hand to make the best quality movie, and are vital to making a successful film.

Although “production” is involved with the entire process breaking it down into three parts is essential. Starting with preproduction, “it designates the phase when a project is in development and before the cameras roll” (Corrigan, White, 21). At this point of “production” all decisions are made about the cast, the script, the amount of money needed, and whether any changes need to be made before they start physically filming the movie. In other words this the outline and blueprint to the movie to come.


The production phase is exactly what it sounds like. Most think that this is where the recording is done. You are correct but there is more to this phase than the weeks and or months it takes to record the movie based on budget and other factors. One of the most important people in this part of the process is the director.  “The reality of production varies greatly with the scale of the film and its budget; but the director, who has often been involved in all of the creative phases of preproduction must now work with the actors any other production personnel”(Corrigan, White, 26). Mostly the director works with the person behind the camera to form more or less the creative vision for whatever is being filmed.

Last but not least there is postproduction, which is said to be the most important part of film production. “Some of the most important aspects of a finished film, including editing, sound, and visual effects, are achieved after the principal photography is completed and the production phase is over” (Corrigan, White, 28). That being said in this part of the process upon completion you can see an almost completely different film then what the raw film originally showed especially with technological advances in today’s production industry.


Campbell, R., Martin, C. R., Fabos, B. (2017). Media & Culture: Mass Communication in a Digital Age (11th ed.). New York, NY: Bedford Books St Martins.

Corrigan, T., White, P. (2017). Film Experience: an Introduction. (3rd ed.) Bedford Books St Martins.

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Written by Joseph Shelton, 2017