The first short movie is attributed to Eadweard J. Muybridge who created an 11 frame short of a running horse in 1878. The first motion picture was created by Louis Le Prince in 1888.* The global box office for 2021 was estimated at $21.4 billion.** We’ll take a look at the application of Lean and Six Sigma in filmmaking and finish with a video of how today’s movies are made.




Lean Six Sigma in Filmmaking


In an article titled “Lean Six Sigma In Filmmaking” author Zeerik Ahmad discusses the application of Lean Six Sigma in making films.

The article includes

  • The Art and Science of Filmmaking
    • Pre-production
    • Production
    • Post-production
  • The Role of Wastes in Filmmaking
  • Applying the Six Sigma Framework in Filmmaking

You can read Zeerik’s article here.


Agile and Lean Movie Making


In a presentation titled “Agile & Lean Movie Making” author Utpal Chakraborty discusses the issues with poor filmmaking and how to turn that around with Agile and Lean.

The presentation includes:

  • Why Most Movies Don’t Get a Good ROI
  • Production Problems Due to Absence of Proper Methodology
  • Paradigm Shift: Agile
  • Details of Beneficial Changes Implemented
  • Scrum/Kanban Board to Track Progress
  • Metrics to See Performance and Take Timely Corrective Action
  • Lean Six Sigma Techniques To Eliminate Daily Production Wastes
  • Different Areas of Moviemaking Where Wastes can be Eliminated

You can view the presentation here.


Integrating Lean Six Sigma and Risk Management in Entertainment and Media


In a paper titled “An integrated approach to Lean Six Sigma & risk management in entertainment & media industry” authors Adel A. Alharthi, Sharaf Mohammed Fathe, and Tariq Aziz discuss the integration of Lean Six Sigma and Risk Management.

NOTE: While broadly focused on the entertainment and media industry the risks they address apply to the film industry.

The paper includes:

  • Entertainment Industry Workplace Layout
  • Accident Occurrence by Hazard Type
  • Pareto Chart for Hazards Occurrence
  • Cause and Effect Diagrams for Hazard Types
    • Electrical
    • Fire
    • Smoke and Vapors
    • Strobe Lighting
    • Laser and Ultraviolet Light
    • Pyrotechnics
    • Naked Flame
    • Set Design
    • Manual Material Handling
  • Failure Mode and Effects Analysis
  • Control Phase and Control Actions

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Applying Lean and Six Sigma to Filmmaking


In a project report titled “Applying Lean and Six Sigma Approach for Film Making Process to Reduce Efforts and Cost,” author Sanchin Pandit discusses the application of Lean and Six Sigma to filmmaking.

The report includes:

  • Problem Statement
  • Process Flow Diagram
  • Cause and Effect Matrix
  • Failure Mode and Effects Analysis
  • Overall Process
  • Stakeholders Involved in Process
  • Critical Factors Affecting Cost and Effort
  • Suggested Key Process Changes
  • Filmmaking Wastes to be Addressed
  • Checklists
    • Producer
    • Screenplay Writer
    • Executive Producer (EP}
  • Findings and Comments

NOTE: To access the report, copy and paste the following link into your browser.


How Movies are Made


See how today’s movies are made in a video from Movie University.

You can watch the video here.



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