No one likes a movie that fails to live up to the hype. Everyone loves a good movie, and no one forgets a terrible movie. Part of what makes a film amazing and memorable is the production process. If there’s too much trouble on the set, it will reflect in the film.

Before the company starts promoting, they want to ensure it’s worth the publicity. Here are some tips to make your movie production process smoother.

Prep the Background

Believe it or not, the background matters as much as the set does. All good production companies ensure the preparation and development of offset equipment and housing are adequate for the staff and actors.

Set up this area before moving forward with any other task. Look for versatile items that can play multiple roles (no pun intended). For example, consider including a shipping container on your set. They make life easier for all sorts of behind-the-scenes tasks.

Hire Staff

Some people might be able to film, produce, and promote a movie by themselves, but why would you want to? Each one of these tasks requires your full attention. It’s not ideal to shortchange one assignment for another. The aftermath will show in the end results.

Hire a decent-sized staff for the major roles. You’ll need a producer and assistant director to start off. Producing requires a lot of work, and hiring an expert puts your movie in good hands. Split some of the assignments for the director with the assistant director. Check in with one another daily to stay on the same page.

Stay on Task

It’s easy to get sidetracked during production. There will be new developments—good and bad. Look at them as obstacles and opportunities. It’s the director’s job to stay on task. Getting sidetracked and allowing too many distractions can get expensive and could result in wasted film and additional fees.

Set a schedule for the film and try to stay as diligent as possible. Sometimes, you’ll have to be flexible. Things you can’t control, like the weather or permits, will require some brainstorming for alternatives. If filming goes over schedule, that’s okay, but make sure those days still work with the budget.

Tackle the Hardships

Get difficult shots out of the way so it’s smooth sailing after that. Handle the shots that will require the most attention in terms of filming, editing, and crafting first. When it comes to shooting dialogues, prioritize the shot list so you get your most important angles first.

Films are never shot in order. Everything gets put together during editing. This is why you’ll need to remain flexible. After getting all the priority shots out of the way, your producer and editing team can start to scrub and craft those shots to look perfect.

If you want to make the best movie possible, the production process must go over smoothly. Follow these tips, and your movie is sure to be a success.

By Dianne Pajo

Dianne Pajo is a writer based out of the Chicagoland area with a passion for music, combat sports, and animals. She enjoys competing in amateur boxing and kickboxing, but in her other leisure time, you can find her performing music around the city. She is also a dog mom of 2.