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The first steps in a film production

The first steps in a film production

Whether short film or advertising film production for a website or TV: Every film production in Vienna goes through a well-proven workflow. This begins with the development of a film idea, which is recorded as a story in the script.

If the script is approved by everyone involved in the project, pre-production begins, which moves into the production phase with filming. The end of every film project is post-production to complete the film. Close cooperation with the client or the agency is important in all project steps.


    What does the workflow of a film production look like?

    The workflow of a film production in Vienna consists of several phases with different project steps. The first step is the briefing by the client or agency, which is followed by the conception phase. This is when the actual work on the film project begins.

    • Analysis of the goals
    • Idea development
    • Summary of the main content and statements of the film

    Once the concept, developed in close cooperation with the client or agency, is ready, the script for the video or the advertising film is created. The script approval is the next important milestone in the project, as the pre-production phase can now begin.

    • Casting of the actors and actresses in the videos
    • Selection of locations in Vienna or all of Austria
    • Planning of the logistics for the provision of all necessary resources on location
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    It starts with the casting

    A pre-production meeting concludes the film pre-production and prepares the production phase. All decisions made at this meeting are binding for everyone involved in the shooting and ensure that the process is coordinated.

    With production, the team enters the implementation phase. The film is shot at the selected locations and a rough cut is made. In many cases, image and sound are still separated from each other and are only put together after the rough cut has been approved. This first cut is presented to the clients or agencies.

    If the presented version of the image sequence is accepted, this is the so-called picture lock. Subsequent changes to the order of the individual images are only possible with great effort. Therefore, close cooperation with the client is essential in this area as well.

    From the beginning to the end there is a close cooperation with the client

    In the final production phase, color corrections, retouching and adjustments to the layout of the sound track are made on the images. This creates what is known as the fine cut, which usually only requires minimal changes before final acceptance.

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    If image or advertising film production, but also art films, are not only published in Austria and Germany, the film will be versioned in the desired languages after final acceptance.

    What does a team for a film production consist of?

    A film production team requires a large number of staff. Before a commercial about Vienna is made, for example, you need a good story for a meaningful video.

    The experts from the advertising film production in Vienna collect numerous ideas and develop the story for the script from them. Even in the preliminary phase of production, numerous specialists from marketing experts to experienced scriptwriters work on your film project.

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    How many members belong to the team of a film production only becomes apparent behind the camera

    The following experts are required from the production phase to the completion of the film.

    • Producer directs the shooting
    • Direction for the visualization of the content
    • Director of Photography (cameraman / camerawoman) and the camera assistant for image technology
    • Sound engineer and lighting technician
    • Make-up and styling for the protagonists
    • Post artist and assistant editor for post production

    What does the implementation of a film production look like?

    After the script has been approved and pre-production has been completed, the actual film production begins. This project section is often the shortest phase of the overall project. Since all the details were clarified in the Pre-Production Meeting, or PPM for short, the participants know their tasks and the schedule, including all appointments.

    • Arrival of the production crew and the selected actors / actresses at the location
    • Construction of all props organized in advance and their provision
    • Preparation of the actors in make-up according to the schedule
    • The director gives detailed instructions to the camera team and the performers
    • The order of admission is implemented in advance based on the planning

    A high degree of flexibility of the entire team is often required, especially for outdoor shoots that depend on certain weather conditions. As a rule, alternatives and sufficiently large time buffers are planned in advance.

    What does a film production cost?

    The costs for a video production in Vienna depend on numerous influencing factors. In the absence of too much information, it is impossible to quote prices. An image film that is shot in the company is relatively inexpensive. A commercial film production requires a significantly greater effort, whereby the pure production costs of such films alone are significantly higher.

    If you already have a specific idea for a film production in Vienna or videos are planned for your website, please contact us. We will be happy to advise you on the various options and use the information received to create a non-binding offer.

    How long does a film production take?

    The actual production time of a film depends on several factors. The length of the films influences the production time as well as the effort involved. A simple film production in Vienna can be completed within a day or it can take a whole week. Filming outdoors, in particular, is often very dependent on the weather. Rain can be just as counter-productive as a cloudy sky, which affects the lighting too much.

    However, a video production in Vienna consists of much more than just the shooting. After filming, the raw material is cut. Special requests from the client are incorporated along with changes by the director because the current result is not 100% satisfactory. All of this affects the production times of the films.


    The production of a successful film depends not only on the idea and the story developed from it, but also on the know-how and experience of everyone involved. This is independent of whether it is a commercial film production, an image film or an artistically designed short film. Every film production follows a long-established process, requires high-performance technical equipment and a high degree of creativity.

    Contact us to receive all the important information for your film project.

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