Film Majors – What Does it Take to Become a Filmmaker?

Making a film is a long process and it usually begins with the development of the concept. There are many different stages that each film goes through in order to get to the silver screen. We will give you a short overview of each stage in from creation to distribution. Development may begin with a Writer and/or Director presenting an idea for a movie to a producer. This will give the producer an initial idea of what the story, characters, etc, might be like.


Once the writer and/or director have provided a preliminary idea for the story, they must then turn to the next level of development called principal photography. During this stage, the location, costumes, and other elements of the film are being designed and constructed. Visual effects, sound, photography, and computer-generated special effects will be used during this stage. Shooting will continue throughout the course of principal photography until all of the filming is completed.

After principal photography, the Filmmakers will go back to create the film by editing, shooting, and adding special or one-of-a-kind visual effects. The movie will now go into the hands of an amateur or professional, known as a Faux Film Maker. A Faux Film Maker is someone who performs other functions within the filmmaking process, such as cutting, using up, cleaning, and framing the film. Since the days of being an assistant photographer for a film before graduating to the filmmaking grind are long over, film majors are now focusing on their acting chops rather than their camera skills. The great thing about this career path is that a degree in Film is not required; however, most filmmaking schools recognize the talent in students if they take the time to learn how to maximize their talents.