Phases Of Video Production

In filming, there are always three phases of video production; pre-production, principal photography, and post-production. Every successful video filming must follow the above procedure so that the message intended to reach the target audience is conveyed clearly and understandably.


This is a very important stage whereby ideas are brought together into a cohesive plan and the goals and objectives of your video are established. Think about your target audience, your budget and the message your video needs to convey.

Planning is always a core process in any video production, the more time you take on planning, the more smoothly your video will go and better your final video will be. Always consider what set you need to use. For example, if you are shooting in a studio, do you need a green screen or blue screen behind the presenter? Also, think about if any makeup will be needed and how much filming time is required.

The next thing then is that your video needs to be scripted or storyboarded. This involves putting together the list of shots that will be required the key elements that will make up your video.

From this, you will be able to develop your final script or storyboard. Your script will not only guide the filming team but also gives the editing team an excellent guide to work from and provide the basis for any additional voiceover work.

Lighting is hugely important. You might be surprised at just how much light is needed for even the most basic of

Time is needed to light the foreground, background and the subject. Shadows can appear from nowhere and it can be difficult to work out where they are coming from so don’t be rushed. Time taken at this stage will reduce any work needed after the video has been shot.

Think about audio – make sure you are using the correct microphone and the sound you need is getting picked up. Use headphones plugged into the cameras to test the audio.

Principal Photography

Principal photography is the physical state of capturing video.  It’s when you see the lights, cameras and action!  While on set, safety is paramount. Tape or cover wires, weigh down your lights and take care around equipment. If possible, keep food and drink away from cameras, lights and audio equipment.

If you are on location, keep a close eye on your equipment and make sure it is secured if you have to leave it. Use equipment sign-in/sign-out lists to keep a record of where your equipment is and to minimize the risk of forgetting anything.

Make sure you leave plenty of time to set up and pack up.

Make sure everybody on the shoot is aware of their roles and responsibilities. One person should be directing and one person taking responsibility for filming, lighting, and sound. Make sure everybody is aware of who to consult within the case of issues or problems.

Ensure that all batteries are charged and spares are available, everybody has the means to contact everybody else (particularly if you are filming in a large space like a factory or sports stadium) and all equipment is in good working order.


Once filming is completed, download the raw footage onto a central storage location as soon as possible. The footage is copied onto a local machine and the video editing can begin.

We use (Final Cut, Cinema 4D, Logic Pro) to edit our videos and use various digital platforms to allow clients to view drafts of their video. This makes suggesting any changes a precise, quick and efficient process.

One of the Best Video Production Companies in the World

We shoot a lot of our video content when we need professional videos produced, we use Bolt Entertainment.  Their directors shoot for Lamborghini, Michael Bay and a number of the world’s most famous brands.  Video Production is a process, take what you learned from this article and start filming.