The business of film
The business of film

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The business of film

Week 5: Making the film

Production: the cost and complexity of films

So far the course has focused a lot on the theoretical process of film production. This week will look more closely at a real example, to bring this learning to life. Here's Bharat to introduce the week.

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BHARAT NALLURI
 Now we finally get to make our film. It's been a long process of development and a torturous round of deal making, but we have our script, our treatment, our budget. What could possibly go wrong? This week, we let our case study take centre stage. We meet the key members of the production team and learn about many other roles and departments on the production in our who's who of production. It's going to be difficult for our team.
Spooks: The Greater Good has to compete with big, big films in the genre. Think James Bond or the Bourne Supremacy. This is going to be difficult on the more restricted budget of an independent film. We also learn how to budget a film production. It's all about being able to project manage complexity. A film is one of those projects where anything can and usually does go wrong.
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This week will provide more information about jobs within numerous production departments. Making a film takes a lot of work, and there are a lot of moving parts. It can only be completed through the collaboration of a lot of people, and because the process can be so complex, thorough planning is essential. To demonstrate these points, a few of the course contributors will explain their role in the making of Spooks: The Greater Good, and how a production schedule is established.

Before filming a scene, it needs to be broken down to its component parts. This is how the specific shooting requirements are determined, and it's planned accordingly involving the necessary departments. You'll practice this by breaking down the requirements for shooting a specific scene from Spooks based on the script contents.

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