Without a shred of doubt, cinema is the most complete form of art. As with all movie buffs, it always intrigues me to ask questions like how is a movie made? How long does it take to make movie? What are the processes and intricacies involved? How hard is it?
I believe that movie making is a very cultural phenomenon and the answers for the all the above questions are highly subjective. All those boring credits you see at the end of the movie, those are actual people and agencies one needs to hire to get a film together and it obviously takes a lot of time and team effort. Just like any other art, movie making has evolved over the decades and so have the techniques utilized to make a movie. This article will basically focus on giving viewers a fair idea of how long it takes to make a movie.
Any movie can be roughly divided into three parts:
- Post production.
Actually even before pre-production starts, the first and foremost requirement for a movie is a story and a script. The time required for this may vary from a few weeks to a few years. Coming up with a story and scripting it is probably the most creative aspect for film because if the plot itself is bad then it wont matter whether the movie has a bunch of stars, the best VFX or the best music. The story can be an adapted version of a book or the writer’s original idea and it takes a hell of a lot of time in the latter case. For example, Quentin Tarantino took 5 years to come up with the story and the script for Kill Bill. Another important aspect is the screenplay which usually consists of three acts to (beginning, middle and end).
Once, the above things are in place, the actual pre-production starts. Pre-production involves location scouting, casting actors (the right ones of course!), production schedules, obtaining clearances, setting the budget, deciding on the director, editor, music director, costume designer, art director, camera equipment, set construction and many more. All the people associated with their respective roles have to sit down together and get on a level playing field so that they share the same vision for the film. Since this process involves getting together many people and agencies, it is tiresome work and usually takes between four to five months.