Once you have your budget in place, this will tell you how many crew members you can actually afford. Department heads will probably have people they want to hire for the production. If they are professionals, they probably know more than you do about this stuff anyway. You have your priorities, so you know whether you want to spend more on sound or lighting. Make sure that the department heads understand how much money they can spend, then let them decide how many people to bring on board. There are plenty of things to worry about in your production, so finding the entire crew doesn’t necessarily have to be one of them. However, you have to trust the department heads not to go over budget, or to make promises that you can’t deliver. Be sure to review every decision they make before anything is final, hopefully with your production lawyer on hand.
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