Four (Goofy) Flowcharts to Guide You Through the Filmmaking Process
Filmmaking can be a byzantine process — commitments fall through, producers demand changes, accidents happen, and at the end of it all we persevere in the hope that we can deliver the film to an eager audience. Well, last year Canal+ released a series of playful flowcharts in support of the filmmaking industry. They illustrate some of the choices a filmmaker might make in the process of creating an animated film, a horror movie, an action movie, and a short film (oh– and a porno):
I liked the short film one best because it comes closest to the no-budget/DIY experience:
For the three other flowcharts (and the porno one) click here.
They are meant to be goofy, but they do illustrate the fact that there are really no two like paths to making a movie. Despite your best laid plans and carefully thought out contingencies, the filmmaking process often comes closer to resembling controlled chaos rather than assembly line precision. As filmmakers we have to be able to think on our feet, be willing to improvise, and have the energy to do what has to be done to get the movie made.
What would your filmmaking flowchart look like? Ever had to make strange choices during the course of filming? Share below!
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