Learn to make a movie

Welcome to the Master Class page!

Here you are going to learn all about making movies. Learning to make a movie is a step by step process. There is an extensive list of things a producer must do even before the project starts. Have a look at the outline so that you can get a better understanding of what is involved.  


AN INTRODUCTION TO FILMMAKING: learning the steps, stages, categories, processes, and players    

A film crew can be described as the entire group of  people that comprise a film project. They are typically hired by what is called a production company, and hired for the purpose of creating a film, motion picture, or television project. Each person is hired for his or her own unique skill set, and these skills are a necessary part of the film production. Within the film project there are two different areas:

  1. Cast
  2. Crew

The cast is easily distinguished from the crew because cast are the people that appear in front of the camera. They are also called talent. They are such people as: actors, actresses, extras, stand in, and voice overs. The crew are the hired professionals that handle things like, filming, lighting, sound, hair and makeup, and so much more. Additionally crew is separate from the producers. The producers are the individuals that own a portion of either the film company or the film’s intellectual property rights. A film is divided into different departments, each specializing in a unique area of the film production.

A Motion picture production has three distinct stages:

  1. Development
  2. Production  
  3. Distribution.  

To make things a little more complicated there are also different categories within each of the above stages. Let's break this down. Within the production there are three stages -

  1. Pre production
  2. Principle photography, Production 
  3. Post production.


Distinctions are also made between above the line and below the line personnel. Above the line are the producers and directors, they are the people that begin right at the beginning, and below the line crew only work within the production stage.

  • Screenwriter
  • Script
  • Producers
  • Director
  • Insurance - below the line but at the beginning.


  1. Sag • Aftra
  2. I.A.T.S.E.
  3. Teamsters


  • Lead Actors - above the line
  • Co Stars
  • Day Players
  • Stand ins
  • Extras
  • Featured Extras

Executive Producer

Line Producer

Unit Production Manager

Assistant Director AD’S (first AD)

  • 2nd AD
  • 2nd 2nd (AD)
  • Production assistants


Casting Director

  • Casting Assistant

 Director Of Photography

  • Cameras
  • First Assistant Camera (AC)
  • Second AC
  • Loader
  • Focus Puller
  • Digital Imaging Technician (DIT)
  • Steadicam operator
  • Camera Assistant 

Production Designer

Set Designer

  • Leadman
  • Set dressers/Swing Gang
  • Art Department
  • Supervising Art Director
  • Art Director
  • First Assistant Art Director
  • Draughtsman
  • Concept Artist
  • Graphic Artist
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Model Maker
  • Art Department Coordinator
  • Swing gang - also call set dressers
  • Buyer

Construction Department

Construction manager (coordinator)

  • Head Carpenter
  • Carpenters
  • Painter
  • Plasterer
  • Sculptor
  • Set design/construction


  • Prop Master

Sound Dept

  • Sound Mixer
  • Sound assistant
  • Boom operator  

Gaffer or Cheif Lightening designer

  • Grip 


  •  Location manager
  • Permits



Stunt and stunt doubles if needed


  • Honey Wagons and Trailers
  • Security

Script Supervisor


  • Craft Service

Principal Photography

  • Post  Facilities
  • Editor
  • Editor assistant

Music Supervisor

  • Sound Supervisor (supervising sound editor)
  • Sound Design
  • Foley
  • Dialog Editing

  • ADR Automatic Dialog Replacement

  • Composing


    Music Editing
  • Music Supervising
  • Re recording Mixer


  • Color Correction
  • Color Grading

Lock Picture

Distribution Company




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