From the beginning of the project the workflow is divided by two stages. The first of them is screenwriting.
Despite on common notion that screenwriter is the person who writes his papers in a dark hole without food and sunlight until the work is finished (which may be true only at the last phases of screenwriting), most part of screenwriter’s work is the research process. One man or a group of people involved in this process must study the object (product, phenomena) and related stuff in details. Without it you can’t tell the story.
There are usually a number of intermediate screenplay versions while this process. Customer, producer and director are adjust the text and ideas to fit the goal. When screenwriter finishes the script and it gets the “approved” mark, production starts.
This stage in it’s turn divided on three substages. It is important to understand what’s happening on each of them, because every previous substage determines what would happen next, and if you think that you can re-decide something there, get ready to rework all other following stuff.
It starts right after the screenplay approval.
The screenplay is worked over in details and divided into elements such as characters and dialogues for future casting and repetitions, locations and requisites — many various specialists search for or create them. Locations are also inspected by the director and VFx supervisor to decide how to shoot there and what equipment is required for it. Sound producer search for the appropriate sounds in libraries or record them if necessary. He also decides what it takes to record live sound on set and if it is expedient.
After all the jobs are listed and determined director and executive producer prepare the schedule and make it agree with the crew, actors and consulting assistants. Places, times, weather, individual schedules and many-many more specific conditions are must be taken into account. It must be known who, where and when must be every minute during the whole production process.
This stage seems to be the most crucial. One can’t foresee everything, indeed, but the goal of this process is to get the most realistic and precise production plan possible, and to minimize the possibility of any surprise, which is absolutely undesirable here. One single mistake may make you start all over again from the very beginning.
It is the most intensive, expensive and short stage of the work. Here we film our movie. Yu can think of it as the stage play premiere: all repetitions are done, all schedules, timetables, dialogue lists, requisites, decorations, production specialists and actors show their best. But for the side visitor (and often for the inside one too) this process might seem pretty boring most of the time: each scene is usually shot many times, when actors do the same things again, and again, and again... (I can repeat it here very, very, very, very many times). That’s why they always try to make jokes — otherwise they simply would fall asleep.
You’ve definitely seen the most intense moments from the Hollywood shooting locations on the b-sides, and I don’t think that I really can surprise you here... But... truly... sometimes it is really boring. But! In our making-ofs we cut out all those moments, showing you all funny stuff that we had.
This stage is barely longer than preproduction, but always takes much more time than production. Here the final video is being created. But before it gets ”final“ there are lots of iterations of reworks and coordinations. Video source files are processed in various ways: color correcton, VFx elements creating (retouch, computer graphics, animatics etc.)
The sound producer creates audio track for the video. He organizes characters’ auding, music buying or composing.
As the result of the work there is a video ready for distribution — as of the video format as of the copyrights. And most likely this video also will be placed here on this website in an honor of its creators. And also it may be placed at some other thematic recourses, which would bring glory for both sides in the end.
And just one more thing that customers at all should be reminded: if you need video, start woking on it as early as possible. As (we hope clearly) described here, this process is very complex and takes a lot of time to get finished, and there is almost no way to create a video “yesterday”.