THE STEPS BELOW OUTLINE THE OVERALL LIFECYCLE OF A FILM:
Producer/company acquires rights to film a story or treatment
Screenplay is developed by one or more writers
Production finance and cast and crew are confirmed
Principal photography takes place, in studios and/or on agreed locations, followed by some months of post – production, editing and scoring
Producer invites exhibitors and journalists along to watch parts of the shoot, to build anticipation for the actual release.
Post Production, Editing, Sound, VFX are completed.
If not pre sold, the film is presented to high end distributors to make the strongest possible distribution agreement.
Depending on the film the distributor may have a Theatrical release or direct to consumer via DVD and VOD (Video on Demand) platforms followed by subscription based companies companies such as Netflix, HBO, Starz etc. There will also be opportunities on regular TV.