9 Pre Pro­duc­tion Vs Post Pro­duc­tion

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There are many phases in a film’s pro­duc­tion, and a con­cept artist has a par­tic­u­lar role in each. Some artists are hired even be­fore fund­ing is in place, pitch­ing con­cepts to in­vestors just as the movie is con­ceived.

When pre-pro­duc­tion for a film starts, most of the work is blue sky, mean­ing it’s fo­cused on ex­plo­ration and find­ing the vis­ual style of the film. This is the most open-ended phase of a film, dur­ing which time artists usu­ally have more free­dom to il­lus­trate their own ideas. As pre-pro­duc­tion comes to a close, the cre­ative ideas in a film are re­solved.

Post-pro­duc­tion takes place af­ter prin­ci­ple pho­tog­ra­phy has been com­pleted, when the ma­jor­ity of the film has been shot on cam­era. In this phase con­cept artists usu­ally deal with shot re­place­ment, shot ex­ten­sions, vis­ual ef­fects, and as­sist­ing an­i­ma­tion and other de­part­ments to fi­nalise the CG shots. Of­ten, stu­dios will hire ven­dors and VFX com­pa­nies – such as ILM, MPC and Weta Dig­i­tal – to as­sist with th­ese shots; with larger-bud­get films, the amount of ven­dors re­quired on a film will in­crease, with CG-heavy films hav­ing a mul­ti­tude of com­pa­nies in­volved

While vis­ual de­vel­op­ment oc­curs in both sec­tions of a pro­duc­tion, gen­er­ally speak­ing more de­vel­op­ment takes place dur­ing the ear­lier phases of the project.

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