Film production companies
Film Production Companies: What It Takes To Entertain America
Hollywood is the first location that comes to mind when one mentions where movies are made. With the advent of high-quality digital cameras and video production services, anyone with motivation and drive, can develop their movie idea into a reality. As the old saying goes, if it was that easy, then everybody would be doing it.
Exactly, what goes into the making of television and movies of which audiences cannot get enough? Film production companies have turned motion pictures into showing hope for the future, scaring audiences and making them laugh from the safety of their movie theater seats and in the comfort of their own homes.
Wikipedia describes film production companies such as Disney and Universal as an entity that is responsible for developing and filming productions or television broadcasts. Every production begins with an idea that is immortalized into a script or screenplay. Once a final draft is written, the project moves into preproduction. During this phase, talent agencies audition and cast actors for the project.
Location scouts will find the best locations to fit the screenplay’s scenes and secure shooting permits for the area they will be using. Large-budget movies and sequels sometimes give secret fake names to keep interference down. The movie ‘Scream’ was once called ‘Scary Movie’ before that title was made a hit as well.
Now, with all of the major players ready to make a film, the next stage is principal photography or in-production phase where the actual filming begins. Many projects do not reach this stage due to financing or “creative differences”.
For smaller video productions they usually are filmed in a studio or one location to keep the cost at a minimum. After all of the scenes have been shot, the production enters into post-production stage.
This is where the editing, sound effects, computer graphics, and music are added to flesh out the story. A movie without any of these elements would send the entertainment business back to the silent era. During this process, the production company will seek either advertisers and market the film in its genre with the aid of short trailers and posters.
Once a final film has been approved, picture film distributors will then release the film to major markets.
Why does the entertainment business cost in the millions to create a 30-minute or 2-hour product?
For the quality of the seasoned actors, crew and film equipment. If you have ever invested or wasted a rainy afternoon on a B-rated movie with B-rated actors and editing quality, you know that the more that is invested in post-production the greater the grade of the film compared to the lower budget films.
Why does a star get paid millions while others get paid minimum wage to show up to work?
Stars make acting look easy as if they just memorize lines and get paid to dress up; a lot goes into an actor’s ability to delve into an imaginary world. Marilyn Monroe was so believable even off set that she fooled everyone that she was the famed seductress she portrayed on screen. Now, documentaries and movies display how Monroe was playing to the crowd what the audience always wanted her to be instead of who she really was. As public figures, actors and actresses are always ‘on’ even off camera and live for the purpose of their fans.
Once smaller films are ready for the market, film festivals are a must for filmmakers and actors to connect to those looking to invest into a movie. It can be equated to advertising services that provide an avenue where the film is screened by several potential buyers.
A great way for video production companies or film production companies to get their film seen is through film festivals which run annually. Festivals have become as popular as the Oscars with Cannes Film Festival being the most well known.
Audiences have an opportunity to see a movie before it is picked up by film distributors or hits the theater. This way, new actors or seasoned actors’ lower budgeted movie obtains exposure.
As the popularity of film festivals grows beyond the realm of movie insiders, local festivals in every stateare giving opportunity to up-and-coming area filmmakers. These smaller events are open to the public and can take from one to three days with movies ranging from international and domestic releases.
Film festivals can sometimes be geared toward a specific genre or theme ranging from short films to full-length films and include low-budget video production. There are festivals in every state all over that gives filmmakers a chance to hopefuls looking for an audience and a distributor for their film. The next movie one sees, they should take note how much money and crew members behind the scene it takes to entertain them in the dark for two hours.