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 post-production 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 ...