Production and Postproduction
The actual production phase of a film is very complex, but it can be made much easier if you've organized everything you possibly can at the preproduction level. If you're directing your film, you'll have your hands full working with your producers, cinematographer, sound and lighting technicians, and all department heads. Ultimately, it's your vision that everyone is striving to bring to life by finding the right locales, using the proper camera and sound techniques, and providing illumination for every scene.
Once the camera stops rolling, your postproduction phase begins. This is an important step in creating and finessing your final product, and it cannot be underestimated. Just as much care should be given to this stage of development as to the other phases of production. Many a film has come to life or dearly departed as a result of incorrect editing, poor sound, or inappropriate music, so take the time to make sure everything about your film sounds and feels right to you.
Learning everything you can about the postproduction process is critical. The more secure you are about the methods used, the more secure you'll be when your film is released for all the world to see. This means paying close attention to film continuity, pace, flow, sound effects, and musical score.
Filmmaking is a craft, and like any artistic or commercial endeavor it requires careful research, innovation, and, ultimately, financing. Many individuals dream about playing a role in the entertainment industry; these days, anyone can take part if he has the patience and tenacity to make his dream a reality. If there's a will, there's a way, and by immersing yourself in the rich history, technology, and artistry of the motion picture industry, you're one step closer to the silver screen.