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"What Linda Stradling doesn't know about production management isn't worth knowing" The Documentary Filmmakers Group Production Managers are responsible for all the organisational aspects of a TV or film production such as scheduling and budgeting and assisting producers to interpret and realise the directors' vision. Linda Stradling is a highly experienced production manager and trainer. Her book is based on her training handouts and notes and offers a complete `manual' to the role including: self organisation and systems to use, budgets, schedules and cost control, cash flow, hiring and firing, contracts, insurance, health and safety, setting up an efficient and cost-effective shoot, dealing with contributors, acquiring copyright, sourcing CGI, editors, music cue sheets, deliverables, people skills and ethics. A chapter contribution is included from leading drama production manager Julie Clark (currently line producer on Glorious 39, Stephen Poliakoff's new film). Written by an industry insider, this is an exhaustive manual to every aspect of the job, with reference material and real-life examples. Essential paperwork and sample budgets can also be found on our website. A complete on-the-job reference tool.
In Production Culture, John Thornton Caldwell investigates the cultural practices and belief systems of Los Angeles-based film and video production workers: not only those in prestigious positions such as producer and director but also many others, including gaffers, editors, and camera operators. Borrowing insights from cultural anthropology, Caldwell analyzes the stories workers tell and the rituals they enact to make sense of their labour and to critique the film and TV industry and the culture writ large. Far from being guarded, Hollywood executives and craftspeople work within an industry that obsessively reflects on itself and constantly exposes itself to the public. Caldwell suggests ways that scholarship might benefit by acknowledging the extent to which the industry first theorizes and critiques itself as part of economic and industrial habit. Caldwell's fieldwork combines interviews with industry workers; observations of sets and workplaces; and analyses of TV shows, industry documents, economic data, and promotional materials to show how film and video workers function in a radically transformed and unstable post-network industry. He chronicles how industry workers have responded to volatile changes including the convergence of "old" and "new" media; labour outsourcing; increasingly unruly labour and business relations; new production technologies; and multinational corporate conglomeration. He also explores new struggles over "authorship" within collective creative endeavours; the way that branding and syndication have become central business strategies for networks; and the "viral" use of industrial self-reflexivity to motivate consumers through DVD bonus tracks, behind-the-scenes documentaries, and "making-ofs." A significant, on-the-ground analysis of an industry in flux, Production Culture offers scholars new, more precise and holistic ways of thinking about media production as a cultural activity.
Completely up to date with relevant information on digital technology and HD TV, this is the only title to focus specifically on television production management, and presents an easily accessible and authoritative guide to the area. Production Management for Television provides a reliable, factual and theoretical framework for an understanding of production management. It includes a reference directory of agencies and organizations, and addresses and contacts for training. Subjects covered include: • the main responsibilities of the production manager • key skills needed by the production manager • routine procedures • appropriate paperwork and record keeping • health and safety issues • rights management • career structure and development for production managers • useful references and further information. The book is supported by a companion website at www.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415424813.
"The recipe book of great television from one of the best TV makers in the world" Jamie Oliver Story structure is a huge weakness for many factual or reality filmmakers and TV producers, who often concentrate on subject areas and issues rather than dramatic and memorable narrative. Consequently programmes fail to attract the audience or win any awards. In this book Robert Thirkell, the international consultant known as 'The TV Troubleshooter' and renowned television producer, sets out a professional toolkit for developing a compelling storyline in factual and reality programmes and films. Based on his popular international C.O.N.F.L.I.C.T seminars, it lifts the lids on the making of leading series such as Kitchen Nightmares, Wife Swap, The Apprentice, Coastguards, Firefighters, Oprah's Big Give Fat March, Jamie's School Dinners and When Big Chef Met Little Chef as well as offering insight and advice from leading filmmakers and TV producers worldwide. The tips and tools go right the way through the filmmaking process from finding stories and characters, to structuring scripts and filming, editing, through to delivery, titles and getting people to watch.
This new and updated fourth edition of Film Production Management provides a step-by-step guide on how to budget, organize, and successfully shoot a film and get it onto the big screen. Whether you are a film student or film production professional just getting started in the industry, this book is an indispensable resource for day-to-day business on the set. Written by veteran filmmaker Bastian Clevé, this book will teach you how to: Break down a screenplay Organize a shooting schedule Create a realistic budget Find and secure locations Network with agents to find actors Hire a crew and communicate effectively with unions The new edition features updated information on contracts, permits, and insurance; special tips for low-budget filmmaking; new information on digital workflows and production software; advice on green production practices; and expanded coverage of the role of the line producer.
Introduction to Media Production began years ago as an alternative text that would cover ALL aspects of media production, not just film or just tv or just radio. Kindem and Musburger needed a book that would show students how every form of media intersects with one another, and about how one needs to know the background history of how film affects video, and how video affects working in a studio, and ultimately, how one needs to know how to put it all together. Introduction to Media Production is the book that shows this intersection among the many forms of media, and how students can use this intersection to begin to develop their own high quality work. Introduction to Media Production is a primary source for students of media. Its readers learn about various forms of media, how to make the best use of them, why one would choose one form of media over another, and finally, about all of the techniques used to create a media project. The digital revolution has exploded all the former techniques used in digital media production, and this book covers the now restructured and formalized digital workflows that make all production processes by necessity, digital. This text will concentrate on offering students and newcomers to the field the means to become aware of the critical importance of understanding the end destination of their production as a part of pre-production, not the last portion of post production. Covering film, tv, video, audio, and graphics, the fourth edition of Introduction to Digital Media promises to be yet another comprehensive guide for both students of media and newcomers to the media industry.
The Television Handbook provides a critical introduction to both the theory and practice of the television industry. Patricia Holland considers the history and structure of British television and, at a time of rapid change, she explores the implications of the digital revolution. The Television Handbook offers practical advice on many aspects of programme-making from commissioning through to the post production process. The book brings together a wide range of information on all aspects of television and includes interviews with industry figures such as Tony Garnett and Phil Redmond and with innovative producers, directors and commissioning editors. The Television Handbook bridges the gap between theory and practice. In this new edition, Patricia Holland discusses important genres and concepts such as narrative, documentary and news. Newly updated chapters from James Curran, Tony Dowmunt and Robin Small consider television journalism, access programming and production management. A new chapter provides a critical introduction to television studies and media theory. The Television Handbook includes: * Interviews with directors, editors, producers and trainees * Updated and illustrated advice on camera, sound and editing practice * Advice on courses and funding for independent production * A revised glossary of specialist terms * A comprehensive list of key texts and television programmes

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