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Film Production Workshop

Film Production FAQs

The production board, also known as a stripboard, is traditionally a cardboard or wooden chart displaying color-coded strips, each with information about a scene in the film's shooting schedule. The strips may be rearranged and laid out sequentially to represent the order the Director wants to film. 

As the Assistant Director (AD), you have to be ready for anything and everything. The AD must keep the production set disciplined for the Director at all times. Keeping on top of every aspect of the shoot, the AD is the primary communicator to all on the set.

The Unit Production Manager (UPM) coordinates a film's production and is crucial to a movie's success. As a UPM, you are responsible for creating a realistic budget, and working to make sure the producer(s) get the best damn movie they can within that budget.

The duties of the Film Producer often fall under one of two titles: the Creative/Developing Producer, and the Line Producer.

Creative/Developing Producer: Develops the material or idea for a movie.

Line Producer: Gets the movie made. The line producer manages all the production tasks through pre-production, production, and post-production.

Film Scheduling starts with the Script Breakdown. As an Assistant Director (AD), one of your jobs is to line the script, transfer to breakdown pages, and create a shooting schedule. When breaking down the elements of a screenplay, there will be many things to look out for and get organized for an efficient film production.

Once an Assistant Director (AD), has a script broken down, the AD will need to create a shooting schedule, which is the shooting order for each day of a production. The AD will work closely with the Unit Production Manager (UPM) to create the most efficient schedule and production board.

A production report is a form filled out at the end of each day of production which summarizes what occurred that day. The purpose of this document is to keep track of a production's progress and expenses.

The Assistant Director (AD) is responsible for creating the production reports.

Location scouting is a vital process in the pre-production stage of filmmaking. Once a director has decided what general kind of scenery they require for the various parts of the production outside of the studio, the search for appropriate Interior (INT) and Exterior (EXT) locations begin.

In this preview clip from the Film Production Workshop, Tom goes over a real feature film budget with his students, discussing "Above the Line," "Below the Line," and those considerations a Unit Production Manager needs to make when creating a Feature Film Budget.

Tom Kane, film producerTom Kane has had a long and distinguished career in the film and television industry. As a Producer, Production Manager and Assistant Director, his clients have included Twentieth Century Fox, Miramax Films, Columbia Pictures...


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