Film Production Management (summer 2010)Professor Lisa CookFILM PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT notes> Film Crew Positions and Duties <“Station 12”-Failure to do any of the requirements set by this actor’s union can cause the production company to be fined $500.00 per actor that isn’t paid up or waived.-Ensure that wardrobe fittings and makeup tests are scheduled.- Secure rehearsal space, schedule rehearsal time with the actors and director.-Arrange for background actors; how many will be needed and when.-Make travel arrangements for out-of-town actors and, if necessary, determine how they’ll be transported to and from the set.“Atmosphere”-Find an extras casting agency that has a database of people.-Vouchers are managed by the 2nd A.D.“3 Types of Releases”1. Atmosphere release (single person)2. Group release (multiple people on one list)3. Crowd Notice Release (for filming in a large stadium, city, etc. Place signs that say “Be advised that by entering this area, you give consent to have your image used.”-Ascertain the special meal needs or dietary requirements of any actors.-Prepare SAG paperwork“Setting The Crew”-Set a production manager or production coordinator.-Set an office production assistant.
-Set a director of photography (<HEAD OF THE CREW) and members of the camera departments.-Set members of the locations department.-Set an assistant director and other members of AD department.“Production Team: aka Production Department”-Producer, director, production manager, 1st and 2nd AD, Script Supervisor, pro-duction coordinator, production secretary, and production assistants.“Director”-Pick up a camera, shoot something. You’re now a director once you put your name in the credits as such.“Production Manager”-Works with schedules, budgets.-Must be hard-working, have superb planning skills.-Dynamic and highly self-motivated individuals should apply.-Must be able to negotiate deals, manage all day-to-day decisions.-PM handles budgeting and managing financial issues of filming.-This includes paying outside vendors, contractors, invoices in timely fashion.-PM works on both set and within business office during actual filming, assisting with editing and revisions as required.-PM sees to it that all supplies/equipment will be on site, assembled and ready to use when required both in the studio and in remote locations.