21 September 2023

Documentary production company

Lakeprod Article Documentary Production Company

Making a documentary requires a large dose of passion, rigour and creativity. It’s an artistic creation process that can take several months, depending on the length and complexity of the documentary project.

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How does documentary production work?

Producing a documentary is a complex process that requires meticulous planning, a team of professionals and adequate financial resources. The documentary production process can be divided into three main stages: pre-production, production and post-production.

The first step in making a documentary is to define the subject of the documentary film, based on its documentary interest. This could be a social issue, a report, an investigation, a portrait or a creative documentary.

Once the subject has been identified, it’s important to do some location scouting to determine where the film will be shot and who the protagonists will be. Next, it is essential to work on the documentary script, respecting the rules of dramaturgy. The script needs to be structured into a number of sequences that will enable a coherent and fluid narrative to be constructed. It is advisable to produce a statement of intent to clarify the ideas and specify the aesthetic and narrative choices of the documentary. Shooting the documentary can be divided into several stages, from filming to sound recording. The choice of shooting equipment will depend largely on whether the documentary is a short or feature-length film.

The post-production stage comprises several phases, from video editing to sound postproduction. By working with our professional editors, you can optimise the final image and sound quality. The final mix will fine-tune the sound quality of the documentary.

Finally, broadcasting the documentary is a crucial stage in its production. Broadcasters can be television channels, film festivals, cinema screenings or audiovisual platforms such as Netflix. The choice of broadcaster will depend on the director’s objectives and expectations. It is also important to think about promotion and communication around the documentary to reach the right audience.
In short, every stage in the making of a documentary is essential to achieving a high-quality end result. From the choice of subject to broadcasting, via audiovisual production, location scouting and documentary writing, every trainee can become a director provided they demonstrate passion, rigour and creativity. Genres such as wildlife documentary, image documentary, cinéma du réel and fiction-documentary have emerged since the Lumière brothers created cinema. Today, documentary filmmakers can also take advantage of varan workshops, documentary training courses and writing support from the CNC to bring their film projects to fruition. The best documentaries are those that combine aesthetics, narrative and documentary value.

What is the role of a production company?

A production company is a company that specializes in the production of audiovisual content such as films, documentaries, series, television programmes, commercials and corporate videos. The main role of a production company is to oversee the creation and production of audiovisual projects, working closely with directors, scriptwriters, actors and technical teams.

The production company has several important roles in the audiovisual production process. Firstly, it must come up with project ideas, develop scripts and find funding for productions. It must also hire teams of professionals to carry out the projects, including directors, producers, scriptwriters, actors and technical crews.

She is then responsible for planning the production, including finding locations, organising location scouting and coordinating the schedules of the film crews. She must also manage the production budget, ensuring that financial resources are used effectively to guarantee the quality of the production.

During production, she is responsible for supervising and coordinating all stages of production, including art direction, shooting, sound and editing. It must also ensure that the production is on time and on budget, while guaranteeing the quality and relevance of the final product.

After production, the production company is responsible for post-production, including editing, colour correction and composing the soundtrack. It is also responsible for the distribution and promotion of the final product, working with distributors, TV channels, online streaming platforms and film festivals to ensure that the product reaches a wide audience.

In conclusion, the role of a production company is to oversee the creation and realization of audiovisual projects, working with teams of professionals to guarantee the quality and relevance of the final product. It must manage all stages of production, from planning to distribution, ensuring that the project is delivered on time and on budget. A successful production company must have a clear and creative vision, as well as solid technical and financial expertise to guarantee the success of its productions.

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