The making of a film, commercial, or television show is broken into three main phases:
Pre-production: where all the design, construction, and preparation occurs before any filming is done.
Production: the actual filming of the live action that occurs on a set or location.
Post-production: all the work to complete the project after the filming. This includes editing, sound, music, and visual effects.
Even though the majority of visual effects are done in postproduction to augment the shots that were filmed, all of these phases are important to visual effects. During production a visual effects supervisor or plate supervisor is on the set to make sure the live action is shot in a way that ...