When people think about making movies, the words that often come to mind are “lights, camera, action!” It’s true – the physical production and shooting of a film is a huge, integral, and economically impactful part of what it takes to make a movie or TV show. But what is often overlooked is the tremendous amount of work that goes into making a film before the shooting of the movie actually begins and long after it concludes.
All this work adds up to tell big stories that make a big impact. In Brazil, the audiovisual sector created more than 169,000 direct and 329,000 indirect Brazilian jobs in 2014, and was responsible for 0.38% of the nation’s GDP after directly contributing R $55.4 billion to the nation’s economy in 2013.
And in Mexico, the film and television industry was responsible for adding 11.9 thousand million pesos to the national economy in 2013, while also supporting jobs for more than 42,000 men and women.
This economic activity runs through every aspect of filmmaking from the earliest stages of development all the way to distribution. Each phase requires a substantial amount of people, investment, and creativity to produce a story that truly entertains fans. The hundreds — and sometimes thousands — of people working in the various fields of development, pre-production, production, post-production, marketing, and distribution work together to produce and deliver the films we all know and love. Without the writing of scripts, financing, casting, hiring crew members, special effects, editing, and marketing – just to name a few crucial processes – your favorite movies would not be possible.