Magazine article Techniques

Film Production Manager

Magazine article Techniques

Film Production Manager

Article excerpt

FILM PRODUCTION MANAGERS ENSURE THAT FILM and television productions run smoothly and stay on schedule and budget. They must understand all aspects of production. including the business, finance and employment issues. Duties may include hiring crews and overseeing the acquisition of equipment, suppliers and locations. During filming they manage the production team and maintain compliance with health, safety and labor regulations. Production managers typically meet with the producers before filming For planning purposes and keep them updated during filming.


The Workplace

While the majority of film work is found in companies based in California, New York, Florida and Illinois, most metropolitan areas have work in motion Pictures, television studios, music video, documentaries, news, sports and post-production facilities.

Educational Requirements

While experience is important in moving up to management jobs in this industry, certificate or degree programs provide the necessary knowledge about lighting, sound cameras and specialized computer software as well as the business aspects that will lead to employment. This training may begin in high school programs and continue in community and technical colleges, as well as four-year universities.


Salaries for production managers greatly depend upon the locations they find employment in. …

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