Documentary film that features the production of a film or television program

In filmmaking, behind-the-scenes (BTS), also known as the making-of, the set, or on the set, is a type of 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 Blu-ray release.


Shorter behind-the-scenes 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.[1] The making-of is also often released for TV as a part of the promotion of the film.

Feature-length examples

See also

  • Development hell
  • Director's cut
  • The Criterion Collection – a home media company specializing in special features on important and popular movie titles


  1. ^ "Special Features: DVD Extras". Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  2. ^ Burden of Dreams (1982)|The Criterion Collection
  3. ^ Hearts Of Darkness - Trailer – YouTube
  4. ^ Lost in La Mancha | Film | The Guardian

Further reading

  • Robinet, Fabrice (April 6, 2018). "Oh for the Days of the Making-Of Featurette — Seriously". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331.
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