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An Introduction to Movie Making: A Beginner's Guide to the Move Making Process

Former screenplay reader, and optioned screenwriter, Michael Rogan lays out a quick introduction to the movie making process in his new column.


San Diego, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 07/14/2015 -- Movie making can be quite mysterious to the filmmaking beginner. Whether you're a would-be professional screenwriter or hopeful film director, getting a grasp of the movie making process can be a great boost to one's confidence. (And help film industry newbies plot a course for their future career.)

In his new column, "Movie Making Crash Course for Filmmaking Newbies," Michael Rogan, former screenplay reader and optioned screenwriters, shares insights into the movie making process - and how words on a page turn into moving images.

"When I was first starting out, I had no idea how movies got made," said Rogan. "I thought people turned in scripts, and then somebody grabbed a camera and some actors...and then a film was made."

"It wasn't until I learned the step-by-step process of how a movie gets made that I began to sound like a professional - and write with an eye toward production."

That "production" consists of distinct phases of movie making, including development, pre-production, production and post-production. And each phase has its own set of foot soldiers who all execute specialized, but highly important, jobs that bring a film to life.

"Even if you're never gonna hold a camera in your life, I think it's really important, if you wanna work in the film biz, to learn what a "line producer" does. How a cinematographer differs from a 1st A.D." said Rogan.

"There's a whole filmmaking language and the quicker that a would-be screenwriter, director, producer - or even actor - can learn it, the quicker they'll become part of the filmmaking community."

And after looking for a simple, no-nonsense guide to how movie making worked - and unable to find one - Rogan decided to write one. "It's not brain science, but it is a bit complicated at first."

But, Rogan believes, the effort is worth it. "Not many would-be film pros do the work to learn every aspect of production. (Especially screenwriters.)," said Rogan. "Which is a shame, because respecting other people's contributions to a movie, is one of the best way to respect your own."

"And doing that, can lead to a full-time career before you know it."

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