Production
The Producers: Who Runs the Show

The Producers: Who Runs the Show

While the director is often regarded as the captain of the ship, the film producer is truly in control. The producer manages virtually every aspect of the film production, conceiving and pitching the big idea to the studios while participating in the elaborate tug-of-war game that is the acquisition of film rights. The film producer...
Production Wrap-up

Production Wrap-up

Finally, after many months, the final product is ready. Now it is time to plan storage, delivery, as well as airdates, release dates, or festivals. Storage After all of the hard work put into creating the film, storing the final copy in a safe, environmentally controlled location is essential. The post facility can store the...
Being A Camera Operator

Being A Camera Operator

Being a camera operator is not a matter of just pointing and shooting. If you understand the types of camera shots you can take, how to focus well and what you need to do, you will be well ahead of others who don’t. Types of camera shots You can use a variety of different shots....
4 Weakness of Film Development Teams

4 Weakness of Film Development Teams

One major problem in film development is a weak team dynamic among the people who are supposed to be working together. Indeed, film development tends to create weaker teams than other creative workgroups. This article explains four reasons why this happens more often in filmmaking. Reason #1: The workgroup suffers from a lack of regular...
Cost Management Tips for Production Managers

Cost Management Tips for Production Managers

As a production manager, it’s your duty is to keep your film project on schedule.  An important aspect of your job is budgeting and managing finances to keep production running smoothly.  Work closely with the Production Accountant to track the flow of expenditures and keep meticulous cost records.  Cost information will help guide your day-to-day...
Creative Minds of Film Production

Creative Minds of Film Production

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will” – George Bernard Shaw Whether the film production is for T.V or feature film, the creativity of the team is essential in a realizing the potential to capture the audience’s attention....
Behind The Scenes - Film Departments And Staff

Behind The Scenes – Film Departments And Staff

As in other industries, office staff and people behind the scenes in media production work to achieve a common goal – to get the final product completed in the most effective and in media production, whether for T.V. or movie sets, is no different. In the Office Office staff are people you can find in...
The Stuntman’s Tumble

The Stuntman’s Tumble

The set was perfect for the particular scene we were filming. We secured a location in a generating station, which was filled with large machinery, pipes that went in all sorts of directions, and a number of staircases of varying height. With the lighting dimmed, the ambiance of the place was incredible; it was a...
Equipment guide for Key Grips

Equipment guide for Key Grips

Buy good equipment As a Key Grip, you need to make a good first and lasting impression with your equipment. Buying professional-looking equipment can help protect you if things go wrong when you are working for someone else, because people equate good-looking equipment with quality. On the other hand, if anything goes wrong, your employer...
Gear On The Morning Of The Shoot

Gear On The Morning Of The Shoot

Equipment It is not necessarily a good idea to buy your own equipment. This can upset equipment rental companies who are trying to make their own living. However, if you do buy your own equipment, making sure that the equipment looks professional will benefit you in two ways: it will impress the filmmaker with your...
5 Indie Film Production Hurdles

5 Indie Film Production Hurdles

Over the course of an independent film production, the producer’s responsibilities stretch the gamut from psychologist to policeman to accountant to salesman with a host of other tasks filling the gaps. And while there’s no magic formula to becoming a successful producer, the good ones all share one important characteristic: belief in the film they’re...
Conventions and Procedures of Hiring a Film Crew

Conventions and Procedures of Hiring a Film Crew

Taking on a significant role in the production of a film such as Production Manager or Production Coordinator, is a challenging task with diverse responsibilities.  One of those duties is to assemble personnel to work on the hundreds of different aspects making up the film.  It’s certainly true that when you’re young, you’ve probably become...
Influence and Film Production

Influence and Film Production

Often the layman believes that a finished film production represents one man or woman’s vision, usually either the writer or the director. In truth, the films that we sit down to watch in the movie theatre or at home represent a series of various people’s influences that arc and spike during different phases of the filmmaking process....
Why Films Really Get Made

Why Films Really Get Made

While it is true that studios tend to care about whether their films make a profit or not, this is not usually the only mitigating factor behind the decision to make a film. In fact, sometimes other reasons are so strong that they might even outweigh the fact that a film may not make a...
Coordinating Production – Bringing The Team Together

Coordinating Production – Bringing The Team Together

The term “production” in the context of making movies is a deceptively simple one.  In reality, the duties and responsibilities that fall under the remit of the production manager and coordinator are vast and far-reaching in their scope.  “Production” also implies that the tasks to be carried out only relate to the physical making of...
Do You Know The Variables Of A TV Production?

Do You Know The Variables Of A TV Production?

The type of show is only one factor in deciding the method used to record and prepare a television production. The facilities available, the time and budget, and especially whether the show is live or recorded have an effect as well.  The basic methods of recording include combinations of single camera, ISO (isolated camera), block...
How a Set Works on a Typical Shooting Day Part II – Morning to Wrap

How a Set Works on a Typical Shooting Day Part II – Morning to Wrap

Continued from Part 1 – The Basics and Early Morning Days on a film set are busy and require Production staff to be flexible, taking on many different tasks throughout the day.  We’ll explore these duties and look, in chronological order as far as possible, a typical day’s format. Morning As soon as the first...
How a Set Works on a Typical Shooting Day Part I – The Basics and Early Morning

How a Set Works on a Typical Shooting Day Part I – The Basics and Early Morning

The first day of shooting is perhaps the greatest challenge for the production department.  It’s full of practical and logistical problems and barriers that need to be overcome so that the picture can start well.  If you’ve prepared well by choosing a good crew and anticipating the demands on you, once a routine is established...