Film Production Tips: The Production And Post-Production Stages

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Here we go again! More tips on the film production process. We talked about Pre-production before. Now we are progressing to the next two stages Production and Post-production.


Production is the act of making something. The Production stage in the film-making process is where the filming takes place. The stage has the following departments and crew to add to those from the Pre-production stage.
  • PRODUCTION DESIGN:  Production designers, set Decorator, Props Master, Costume Designer; Makeup artist and Hairstylist
  • SOUND: Sound Designer, Sound Mixer, and Boom Operator
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY:Cinematographer or Director of Photography, Camera operator, Clapper loader, Gaffer, Best Boy, Key Grip


Post-Production means final touching. It is where the editing takes place, that is: the cutting and blending of the images and sounds.. This stage has the following departments and crew to add to those from Pre-production and Production stages:
  • EDITING: Editor, Supervising Editor, Titles Designer
  • SOUND: Sound Editor, Sound Effects Editor, Foley Artist, Music Supervisor, Composer
  • VISUAL EFFECTS: Visual Effects Supervisor, Technical Director, Visual effect Artist, Animator


Film Production Process: an understanding in a simple illustration.

  • The pre-production stage is like listing the items you need if you want to bake a bread.
  • The production stage is like buying the items and bringing them in the kitchen.
  • The Post-Production stage is like Mixing the items together and putting in the oven. Then when it is ready, you remove and serve on the table (Distribution).
Some Important notes
  • Make sure to get the right casts and crew.
  • Rehearse a scene for some times before filming.
  • Check the scenes you shoot : images and sounds before you proceed to the next scene.
  • Make sure to record the sounds of each location before you leave the place.
  • Always have back-up drives to save your project
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