Like all other industries, the world of filmmaking has its own terminology and phrases. Keep reading to learn how to speak the language.
Let’s say you run your own business and are wanting to promote a new service on offer. One great way to achieve this is with video content which can be displayed on your website, and posted on social media. But what if you haven’t ever worked with a video production company before? A good company will clearly explain the entire process to you, from start to finish. But even the best of us could accidentally use terminology that those without the same skill set just won’t know. So, let’s talk about the various keywords and phrases you might hear when working with a film crew.
Most of us, even if we aren’t a movie buff, will know some of the key players in making a film. The director, camera operator, and actors are some of the most well-known film jobs, but there are a lot of other people involved too. The size of your crew will ultimately be determined by the type of video you want to create, and your budget.
See the list below of the main film roles:
So, you have found a production company you’d like to work with, and have a general idea of what the video will be about so they tell you it’s time to start pre-production. Great! But what exactly does that mean? Pre-production is the first stage of filmmaking. It’s the time where you and your production company will develop the project brief, write a script, complete storyboards, go location scouting, hire any actors/talent, create a shot list, and finalize a production schedule.
With pre-production complete, it’s time to execute the plan! This stage is called production. It’s a period of time for filming and/or gathering all the needed material for your video. More often than not this will involve shooting video footage. However, if your business already has some content, this could be worked into the video as well. Any digital files such as video footage, images, and graphics that already exist are known as archival material.
This stage of video production is when your video comes to life. The editor will have all the required material to start assembling the video. Multiple cuts, also known as edits, of the video will be completed before producing the final video.
The creation of graphics and animations for a video usually will take place during post-production. The process is similar to that of regular video editing but does have some specific elements which are unique.
Now that you’re familiar with the language of filmmaking, you will be well equipped to work with any production company to create the videos you need for your business. Continue reading learn about developing a Video Production Strategy. To return to the Video Production Process page, click here.