What is a Production Manager?
What does a Production Manager do?
Production Managers (PM) act on the decisions that have been made by the Producer and Line Producer. They create the detailed schedule for the project, hire the crew, hire 3rd party contractors (such as equipment rentals or catering), prepare permits and contracts, oversee location management and look after the allocation of the budget. On most productions the Production Manager is the “foreman” of the crew and most heads of departments report directly to the PM.
Once shooting begins the PM is responsible for the daily reports which go to the Executive Producers and lead Producer. They account for any deviation in the budget or schedule.
A PM splits their time between the office and the set. On a smaller production, the role of the PM is often paired with the role of the Line Producer.
What's a Production Manager good at?
Keep in contact with the various departments on a production in order to inform them of their schedules, relate to your colleagues and explain yourself well
Plan, prioritize, multitask and use your own initiative to manage schedules
Listen and be one step ahead of what’s going on, enable everyone to be able to get on with their job
Be confident in giving direction and leading a team, communicate well with everyone, create a positive atmosphere within the team
Maintain relationships with outside vendors such as equipment rental companies and keep an extensive contact list for crew hiring and replacing in emergencies
Knowledge of Laws and Regulations
An in-depth knowledge of labour laws, insurances, health and safety, contract law and basic human resources is a must
Who does a Production Manager work with?
Production Managers work under the Line Producers, and sometimes directly under the Producers. They manage the Production Coordinators and must liaise with the heads of departments.
How do I become a Production Manager?
A good route to become a production manager is to start off as a Production Assistant, then gain enough experience to become a Production Coordinator, then Assistant Production Manager and then a Production Manager.
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