Every movie produced is analogous to that of starting and running a business. The various stages of movie production include but not limited to:
- Creating and finalizing a movie script
- Deciding on the Production budget and Producer
- Defining the character roles and identifying appropriate actors
- Identifying appropriate logistics
- Defining the movie schedule and time frame for shooting
- Creating a marketing plan for successful promotion and distribution
- Miscellaneous tasks viz. Insurance, identifying alternate revenue streams (Satellite, dubbing rights etc)
Creating and finalizing Movie script:
Screenplay or otherwise known as script is a written work by screenwriters for a movie. Script is the backbone of any movie. A good script should have a tested content accepted by a wide range of audience, would convince investors for financing the project, and help identify suitable actors for giving life to the content. Benchmarking, Lessons learned are some of the techniques that can be applied to validate the feasibility aspect of a script.
Deciding on the Production budget and Producer:
Deciding on the production budget and the producer. A seasoned movie producer can able to absorb the excess expenditure or any miscellaneous cost associated with movie production and helps in successful completion of the project. Production budget includes Cost of actors involved, technicians, logistics, editing, post production, marketing-branding-promotion efforts and expected returns forecasted should be presented to the producer. Any investor would make an investment decision based the return on investment forecasted for the project and safety aspects followed in a project.
Defining the character roles and identifying appropriate actors:
Identifying and finalizing character roles involves meticulous planning and can be a daunting task if not properly done can affect the timeline and schedule of the shooting. Actors emulate the character roles and give life to the screen-writers thoughts and emotions. One of the essential factors for movie success is the choice of actors and well-defined character roles.
Identifying appropriate logistics:
Logistics include getting location permissions for shooting, exploration for precise visual fit, access, options, lighting, electricity, any other special needs for the segment, clothing, necessary props for specific shooting, travel, food, lodging, changing rooms, bathrooms ,lighting, animals, trainers, special support crews ,secondary plans in event of rain, wind or any other natural calamities should be well planned while deciding on the shooting schedule.
Defining the schedule and time frame for shooting:
Planning on the time frame for shooting and deciding on the location and necessary actors involved during each phase is essential to streamline the efforts of movie making project. The costs involved in various phases of the shooting schedule should also be ascertained in advance to avoid cost implications at later stage.
Creating a marketing plan for successful promotion and distribution:
A great movie with scintillating script might embrace failure if not marketed properly. Marketing and distribution plan should define the target audience, what channels of marketing communication shall be relevant for promotion, cost and budget required etc. Marketing lessons derived from successful blockbuster movies can be studied and can be tailored as per budget and requirements.
Miscellaneous tasks (Insurance):
A movie project can be delayed because of losses due to cyclones, bandhs, strikes, adverse weather conditions and traffic interruptions as well as harm to individuals involved in film-making. Insurance companies have specific policies to compensate for such losses. Depending on the type of policy one takes, film insurance can be grouped under the following categories.
1. Named Artistes such as the Main Cast, Important Support Cast, Directors, Technicians etc.
2. Properties, Sets, Production equipments , negatives etc.
3. Public Liability
4. Money Insurance
5. Workmen Insurance
6. Accident Insuranceplans