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In cinema, a making-of, also known as behind-the-scenes, the set or on the set is a documentary film that features the production of a film or television program. This is often referred to as the EPK (electronic press kit) video, due to its main usage as a promotional tool, either concurrent with theatrical release or as a bonus feature for the film's DVD or Bluray release.
Feature length documentaries on the making of other films has become a film genre in its own right. The making-of film may ultimately be more important than the film itself. In the case of Lost in La Mancha, the making-of video ended up documenting the collapse and abandonment of the feature film it was covering (The Man Who Killed Don Quixote), and ultimately the making-of video was the only part of the production to see a commercial release as a theatrical documentary feature.
Shorter making-of documentaries are often used as a bonus on DVDs, as it offers more insight into the film, how it was made, and to credit the film crew. Occasionally, some films have included a "making of the making-of" as a joke. The making-of is also often released for TV as a part of the promotion of the film.
Examples of feature-length making-ofs
- Burden of Dreams, the Fitzcarraldo making-of
- Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, the Apocalypse Now making-of
- Lost in La Mancha, the failed The Man Who Killed Don Quixote making-of
- Wrath of Gods, the Beowulf & Grendel making-of
- The Matrix Revisited (straight-to-DVD), The Matrix making-of
- Season 29 (straight-to-DVD), Bart Goes West making-of
- The Shark Is Still Working (straight-to-DVD), documentary on the making of and impact of the 1975 film Jaws.
- His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday The 13th (straight-to-DVD), documentary on the making of and impact of the Friday The 13th horror film series
- The Psycho Legacy (straight-to-DVD), documentary on the making of and impact of the Psycho film series.
Examples of documentaries as bonus features
- Rocky Horror Double Feature Show (1995), documentary on the making of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, released on DVD of the film itself
- The Making of Psycho (1997), documentary on the making of Psycho, released on DVD of the film itself
- The 12 Days of Black Christmas (2008), documentary on the making of Black Christmas, released on DVD of the film itself
- Plotting Family Plot (2001), documentary on the making of Family Plot, released on DVD of the film itself
- Halloween Unmasked (2000), documentary on the making of Halloween, released on DVD of the film itself
- "Special Features: DVD Extras". Videomaker.com. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
- Robinet, Fabrice (April 6, 2018). "Oh for the Days of the Making-Of Featurette — Seriously". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331.