The giant-screen films are thrilling for audiences and filmmakers alike. Making them can be challenging, often much more so than other forms of entertainment. However, there’s no better feeling than watching your film alongside a rapt audience after all the time you’ve put in to make it great. And if that audience is composed of industry vets and theater managers, even better!

This document has attempted to lay out the basics of production, primarily from a mechanical perspective, but be aware that there are many other areas to master if you’re to make a successful giant-screen film. Don’t underestimate the need for strong narrative, clear creative approach, industry and marketplace research, and the myriad other requirements that go into a good film.

As stated at the beginning of this document, do your due diligence. Speak to veteran filmmakers and technicians. Almost all of them will give you time to discuss their experiences and provide insight into your project and how to make it great. You can meet many of them at industry events like the Giant Screen Cinema Association conferences. Don’t be afraid to contact them.

Be aware of and keep up with the technology. There’s never been a more dynamic period for filmmakers, and our toolbox grows bigger every week. Knowing which tools are legit and can help you make better movies and which ones are hype and could set you back isn’t hard unless you’re learning about the differences in the field. There are numerous forums, user groups, newsletters, publications, and websites that will give you plenty of information. Spend the time to learn the tools.

Last but not least, make sure you understand that these projects are challenging to produce but well worth the effort. Rare is the giant-screen film that takes less than a couple of years to produce and there are many examples where production schedules ran over four or five years. If you’re going to take this on, be sure to be realistic about what you’re getting into.

Thank you for taking the time to read this document. Everyone on the P3W Task Force wishes you the best of luck with your project.

For further information, please contact Tammy Seldon, Executive Director of the GSCA.
624 Holly Springs Rd, Suite 243
Holly Springs NC 27540-9030
Phone: 919-346-1123
Fax: 919-573-9100

Cell: 703-855-3699


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