Once the cast is hired, the script polished, and the sets and costumes
created, filming will begin. Depending on the script and budget, a movie
will either be filmed on location or on a sound stage.
Location shooting means that the entire production will move to a specific
location to film certain scenes. This is almost always more expensive
than working on a sound stage. For the film "Jaws," director
Steven Spielberg moved the crew to a small town in Massachusetts. They
stayed there for several months until filming was completed.
movies can take months to film. Often, producers and directors find it
easier and cheaper to build sets rather than haul a crew on location for
weeks or months at a time. MOdern directors are able to "fake"
the real world so well that audiences never know the difference anyway.
Originally, almost all movies were shot outside. That worked fine if the
location was isolated from outside noises like airplanes and cars. But
the expanding world made finding a truly quiet setting almost impossible.
Sound stages are huge buildings taht are build specifically for making
motion pictures in a quiet, controlled setting.
The sound stage is generally divided into many smaller stages, or sets.
THe film crew can film more than one scene at a time on the sound stage.
Because of this, a sound stage can look like a spaghetti maze of wires
and cables. Microphones and lights are hung from the ceiling. Cameras
move around the stage on carts or are suspended on giant mechanical arms.
During filming, the pace in the studio can be frantic.