Final Cut Pro 6 - The Industry Workflow

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The Industry Workflow

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The Post-Production Workflow

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The Industry Workflow

Before you start editing, it’s helpful to consider how post-production fits into the
overall moviemaking workflow. Even though no two movie projects follow exactly the
same steps, there is a common workflow that almost every project adheres to. From
conception to completion, the basic steps to complete a film or video project are
described below.

Step 1:


Scripting is where the movie is conceived and written.

Step 2:


This is where budgeting, casting, location scouting, equipment and format selection,
and storyboarding take place.

Step 3:


Production is where you create your footage, capturing performances using video or
film cameras, as well as audio recorders. Lighting, cinematography, acting, and
directing all come together to create the elements used to tell your story or deliver
your message. For practical reasons, scenes are usually shot out of order, which means
they have to be properly arranged during editing.

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Step 4:


Post-production is where you organize and assemble your production footage, putting
scenes in proper order, selecting the best takes, and eliminating unnecessary elements.
Production sound is synchronized (with the picture), edited, sometimes rerecorded,
and mixed. Music is composed and added. Footage is color-corrected and special
effects are created. The final movie is output to tape, film, or some other high-quality
media format.

Step 5:


Distribution is when you release a movie for viewing. This may involve theater
screenings, video and DVD releases, festival submissions, or web delivery.