The film value chain is the process starting with the selection of an idea that could be transformed into a film and that ends with film consumption in a movie theater or on television. This chain is composed of three major stages: production, distribution, and exhibition. This entry describes the phases of film production and provides an overview of film production in the countries where the film industry is most prominent.

Film production begins with the selection of an idea for a new film and ends when the film is done and is ready for being sold to a distributor, who will make some copies of it for the theatrical release. The film production stage is particularly delicate since during this phase the producer has ...

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