What is “Development”?

This is the first phase of the film making process. The producer will usually be the most heavily involved person in this phase. During development, you are finding material either by creating an original script by working with a writer (you could also be the writer), or discovering some one else’s material and optioning it. Either way, you are attaining owner ship in the material. Once you have optioned or purchased the rights, you are working the material to generate an amazing script. This could mean adapting a book, comic, play, web series, short film, or feature script. A big part of this process involve working with writer to generate a script that you are happy with. This is one of the most difficult but most important skills to acquire as a producer. Once you have the script at a place where you are happy with, your next job is to secure financing (which is a whole new ball game). Once the financing is secured, you are ready to move on to the next phase; PRE-PRODUCTION.

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