A report on Filmmaking

Steven Spielberg (standing) with Chandran Rutnam in Sri Lanka, during the production of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (released 1984)
A film production in Ystad 2022.
Sound recordist Curtis Choy (left) on location for Dim Sum: a Little Bit of Heart, an indie film by director Wayne Wang (center) on Clement Street in the Richmond District of San Francisco, California 1983
Spede Pasanen, a Finnish film director and producer, had a long, strained relationship with Finnish Film Foundation, a government-financed film-funding organisation which continuously refused to fund his movies, so many of his works are independent films.

Process by which a motion picture is produced.

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Steven Spielberg (standing) with Chandran Rutnam in Sri Lanka, during the production of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (released 1984)

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Animated GIF of Prof. Stampfer's Stroboscopische Scheibe No. X (Trentsensky & Vieweg 1833)

Film

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Work of visual art that simulates experiences and otherwise communicates ideas, stories, perceptions, feelings, beauty, or atmosphere through the use of moving images.

Work of visual art that simulates experiences and otherwise communicates ideas, stories, perceptions, feelings, beauty, or atmosphere through the use of moving images.

Animated GIF of Prof. Stampfer's Stroboscopische Scheibe No. X (Trentsensky & Vieweg 1833)
An animated GIF of a photographic sequence shot by Eadweard Muybridge in 1878. His chronophotographic works can be regarded as very short movies that were recorded before there was a proper way to replay the material in motion.
A frame from Roundhay Garden Scene, the world's earliest surviving film produced using a motion picture camera, by Louis Le Prince, 1888
A famous shot from Georges Méliès Le Voyage dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon) (1902), an early narrative film and also an early science fiction film.
Salah Zulfikar, one of the most popular actors in the golden age of Egyptian Cinema
This 16 mm spring-wound Bolex "H16" Reflex camera is a popular entry level camera used in film schools.
Founded in 1912, the Babelsberg Studio near Berlin was the first large-scale film studio in the world, and the forerunner to Hollywood. It still produces global blockbusters every year.
The Lumière Brothers, who were among the first filmmakers
Salah Zulfikar and Faten Hamama in the premiere of Bain Al-Atlal ("Among the Ruins") in Cairo, 1959
An animated image of a horse, made using eight pictures.
An animation of the retouched Sallie Garner card from The Horse in Motion series (1878–1879) by Muybridge. His chronophotographic works can be regarded as very short movies that were recorded before there was a proper way to replay the material in motion.

The word "cinema", short for cinematography, is often used to refer to filmmaking and the film industry, and to the art form that is the result of it.

Film director John Badham during filming of The Godchild in 1974

Film director

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A film director controls a film's artistic and dramatic aspects and visualizes the screenplay (or script) while guiding the film crew and actors in the fulfilment of that vision.

A film director controls a film's artistic and dramatic aspects and visualizes the screenplay (or script) while guiding the film crew and actors in the fulfilment of that vision.

Film director John Badham during filming of The Godchild in 1974
The film director gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, while filming a historical drama on location in London.
American director Steven Spielberg with Sri Lankan filmmaker Chandran Rutnam in Sri Lanka
The main competition jury at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival (Left to right: Gael García Bernal, Jia Zhangke, Sofia Coppola, Jane Campion, Jeon Do-yeon, Nicolas Winding Refn, Leila Hatami, Carole Bouquet, and Willem Dafoe

The director has a key role in choosing the cast members, production design and all the creative aspects of filmmaking.

Film crew and equipment on a location shoot

Film crew

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Film crew and equipment on a location shoot
Film director Dorothy Arzner had a successful career that spanned the silent film era into talkies. She started as a film editor and designed the first boom microphone.
A camera operator filming a scene from the Hollywood film Julius Caesar (1950), starring Charlton Heston.
Production of the television film Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking (2004) at Somerset House in London.
Thelma Schoonmaker, a frequent collaborator on Martin Scorsese films, has received eight Academy Award nominations for Best Film Editing and has won three times—for Raging Bull (1980), The Aviator (2004), and The Departed (2006), which were all Scorsese-directed films.

A film crew is a group of people, hired by a production company, for the purpose of producing a film or motion picture.

A film editor at work in 1946

Film editing

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A film editor at work in 1946
Screenshot from The Four Troublesome Heads, one of the first films to feature multiple exposures.
Scene from The Great Train Robbery (1903), directed by Edwin Stanton Porter
The original editing machine: an upright Moviola.
Acmade Picsynch for sound and picture coordination

Film editing is both a creative and a technical part of the post-production process of filmmaking.

Casting call for black cats, Los Angeles, 1961. The studio was seeking cats for the Roger Corman film Tales of Terror.

Casting (performing arts)

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Pre-production process for selecting a certain type of actor, dancer, singer, or extra for a particular role or part in a script, screenplay, or teleplay.

Pre-production process for selecting a certain type of actor, dancer, singer, or extra for a particular role or part in a script, screenplay, or teleplay.

Casting call for black cats, Los Angeles, 1961. The studio was seeking cats for the Roger Corman film Tales of Terror.

However, within a given television production a casting panel can consist of a television producer, or within film production a casting panel could contain a film producer, film director, and/or choreographer.

Pre-production

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Pre-production is the process of planning some of the elements involved in a film, television show, play, or other performance, as distinct from production, and post-production.

Film producer

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A film producer is a person who oversees film production.

A video editing suite

Post-production

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A video editing suite
A sound control room at Tainted Blue Studios, 2010

Post-production is part of the process of filmmaking, video production, audio production, and photography.

Filmmakers Stéphane Brizé (second from the right) and Rodrigo Moreno (second from the left) at a screening of The Measure of a Man in Buenos Aires in 2019.

Independent film

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Filmmakers Stéphane Brizé (second from the right) and Rodrigo Moreno (second from the left) at a screening of The Measure of a Man in Buenos Aires in 2019.
Wes Anderson, a widely renowned indie film auteur.

An independent film, independent movie, indie film, or indie movie is a feature film or short film that is produced outside the major film studio system, in addition to being produced and distributed by independent entertainment companies (or, in some cases, distributed by major companies).

Example of a page from a screenplay formatted for a feature-length film.

Screenwriting

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Art and craft of writing scripts for mass media such as feature films, television productions or video games.

Art and craft of writing scripts for mass media such as feature films, television productions or video games.

Example of a page from a screenplay formatted for a feature-length film.

Often, multiple writers work on the same script at different stages of development with different tasks.