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Production is when stuff gets real. Even if all that planning and organization in Pre-Production has made the project into a self-driving car, Production will find a way to hack into that car’s navigation system and send it right off a cliff. Things inevitably go wrong on set, no matter how much money you spend. Creativity is needed to solve the problems that arise while allowing the cast and crew to express their talents.



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Like the best-laid plans of mice and men or every Bond villain’s evil scheme, productions never seem to work out as intended. However, the main job of the producer is to make it all run smoothly. Sometimes, this requires acting as the babysitter for the production – a babysitter who also happens to have multiple advanced degrees in psychology. Other times, this means having psychic powers and MacGyver like abilities to figure a way out of impossible situations. Oh yeah, it also helps if you’re able to laugh while everything falls to pieces.

TOPICS COVERED IN EXECUTION:

  • THE FIXER | Tending to the People, Tending to the Rest
  • REALITY CHECK | Cost Report, Schedule Revisions
  • THE UNFORESEEN | Script Changes, Accidents, Rain or Shine
  • THE FORESEEN | Production Reports, Planning Ahead, Creative Reality Check

Any 8-year old who makes videos on a smartphone is technically a filmmaker. However, if you want your project to have a slightly higher artistic standard than the average tween’s Vine, the director should understand certain fundamental techniques.

TOPICS COVERED IN TECHNIQUE:

It’s not exactly true that you need to spend money to make money. However, production is more about spending money than bringing it into the project. Still, it’s not a bad idea to be thinking ahead as to how you’ll earn some of your investment back, as long as you’re still hoping people see the final version some day.

TOPICS COVERED IN BIZ:

  • FINANCING | Is There Still Enough Money?, Accounting
  • LEGAL | Onboarding Replacements, Post-Production Deals
  • MARKETING | Teasers, Showing Distributors Footage, Updating Blogs, Contacting Festivals

What are your main goals for this stage of the project? If they include usable images, workable audio and no fires on the set, here’s who can help with all that. Maybe these are new people you need to hire, or maybe these are existing team members who are adding yet another set of responsibilities to the three or four job titles they already hold on the project.

TEAM MEMBERS:

  • ASSISTANT DIRECTOR | 1st AD, 2nd AD, Production Assistants, Script Supervisor | Continuity
  • CAMERA DEPARTMENT | Director of Photography, Camera Department
  • GRIP | Key Grip, Best Boy Grip, Grips
  • ELECTRIC | Gaffer/Cheif Lighting Technician, Best Boy, Electricians
  • SOUND | Production Sound Mixer, Boom Operator, Utility Sound Technician
  • VANITY

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