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From Pre to Post: Watch the Creative Process Unfold

Johnathan Paul

The creative process can be an absolute grind when trying to develop a film or video project. Let these production videos stoke your creative fires!

Top image: Quentin Tarantino via HypeBeast

The production process, no matter if it’s film or video, starts with development and pre-production then ends with post-production and distribution. However, getting from A to Z is an incredibly involved process and it can test your patience and resolve. Because of this there may be times where your creativity is stymied and your inspiration is low. Well, never fear. There’s plenty of inspiration out there for you — if you know where to look.

We’ve rounded up our favorite inspirational spots on the web for each phase of production. Sit back and relax and watch the creative process come to life.


Developing your idea is the most important step of the process. You’ve got to get your idea locked down, or as an intellectual property lawyer would say, get it fixed in a tangible medium of expression. During this early development process, you’ll write a treatment and then write a script. You’ll also want to file your work with the USPTO, then develop your proposal for your pitch.

Let’s start with Quentin Tarantino as he discusses below that you always start with the script and the individual pages of that script. Then we’ll listen to great advice from Martin Scorsese, J.J. Abrams and Dax Shepard.

Quentin Tarantino on Focusing on the Page

Video via Script Mailer

Martin Scorsese on Plot vs Story

Video via SigmaEcho

JJ Abrams on the Mystery of Story

Video via TED 

Dax Shepard on the Art of the Pitch

Video via American Express


Once you have a well-developed story, you’ll want to start the planning and design process, which is the art of pre-production. This is where you’ll build your film before you ever call “action” on set. Elements of this process include storyboarding, concept design, scouting, and set design. This part of the process can be incredibly fun, as you can really be creative and discover exactly how your film or video will look when it’s done.

Storyboarding the Pixar Way

Video via Daniel Garcia

Wish I Was Here Concept Art

Video via WishIWasHereMovie

The Live of a Location Scout

Video via CBS News

Top 10 Movie Sets Ever Built

Video via CineFix


When you’ve developed the script and planned your shots, you’re ready to go right into production. Just remember, filmmaking is an incredible process. You wont master it overnight. It’ll take years to find your way — and that’s okay. The process of actually capturing your film or video project can be daunting. It can feel like an uphill climb. With this in mind, let’s get inspired by a few master filmmakers.

Martin Scorsese

Video via BAFTA Guru

Joss Whedon

Video via BAFTA Guru

Ron Howard

Video via BAFTA Guru

J.J. Abrams

Video via BAFTA Guru


So you’ve shot your film or video and now you’re ready to actually put the project together. The act of post-production entails editing the project, color grading the project, adding music to the project, as well as visual effects.

This process can take as long or longer than the other sections of the entire process combined. During post-production your resolve may begin to wane. You’ll need to remain positive and enthusiastic in order to push yourself toward the finish line, as the following videos will show.

Editing the Avengers

Video via Avid

Industrial Light & Magic Animation Magic of Pirates of the Caribbean 3

Video via ILMVisualFX

Color Grading O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Video via Chris Francis

Are you pumped? Are you inspired? Are you ready to rule the world? Got any additional sources of video inspiration? Share them with us in the comments below.