Welcome to the backstage of creativity, where imagination transforms into reality and innovation takes center stage. Have you ever wondered what goes on behind closed doors in a production department? From brainstorming jaw-dropping ideas to meticulously bringing them to life, this is the beating heart of any successful project.
Join us as we unmask the secrets and pull back the curtains on everything you need to know about the captivating world inside the production department.
Get ready for an immersive journey that will leave you inspired and intrigued – it’s time to lift the veil on how dreams become blockbuster realities!
An executive producer is usually an investor in the project or someone who has facilitated the funding of the project. There may be multiple executive producers on a project, depending on the financing arrangements. Line Producer Typically, a line producer manages the budget of a film production. Alternatively, or in addition, they may manage the day to day physical aspects of the film production.
The production manager supervises the physical aspects of the production including personnel, technology, budget, and scheduling. It is the PM’s responsibility to make sure the filming stays on schedule and within its budget. The PM often works under the supervision of a line producer and directly supervises the Production Coordinator.
The production coordinator is the information nexus of the production, responsible for organising all the logistics from hiring crew, renting equipment, and booking talent. The PC is an integral part of film production. Production Secretary The Production Secretary provides administration assistance in the production office to the production co-ordinator and production manager.
Production accountants are responsible for managing finances and maintaining financial records during film production. They work closely with the Producer and the production office to manage the day-to-day accounting office functions, and report on the project’s financial progress against the budgets (cost reporting).
Post-production supervisors are responsible for the post production process, during which they maintain clarity of information and good channels of communication between the Producer, Editor, Supervising Sound Editor, the Facilities Companies (such as film labs, CGI studios and negative cutters) and the Production Accountant.
First Assistant Director
The first assistant director (1st AD) assists the production manager and director. They oversee day-to-day management of the cast and crew scheduling, equipment, script, and the set. They ensure the filming comes in on schedule while maintaining a working environment in which the director, principal artists (actors) and crew can be focused on their work.
Second Assistant Director
The second assistant director (2nd AD) is the chief assistant of the 1st AD and helps carry out those tasks delegated to the 1st AD. The 2nd AD works closely with the Production Coordinator to create the daily Call Sheets that let the crew know the schedule and important details about the shooting day.
Third Assistant Director The third assistant director (3rd AD) works on set with the “First” and may liaise with the “Second” to move actors from unit base, organise crowd scenes, and supervise one or more production assistants.
Production Assistant/Production Runner
The production assistant or runner assists the first assistant director with on-set operations. PAs also assist in the production office with general tasks. Script Supervisor Also known as “continuity”, keeps track of what parts of the script have been filmed and makes notes of any deviations between what was actually filmed and what appeared in the script. They make notes on every shot, and keep track of props, blocking, and other details to ensure continuity from shot to shot and scene to scene.
Where the film requires a stunt, and involves the use of stunt performers, the stunt coordinator will arrange the casting and performance of the stunt, working closely with the Director.
The production department is truly the backbone of any successful project, where creativity and innovation come together to bring stories and visions to life. From executive producers who invest in the project, to line producers managing budgets and scheduling, and script supervisors ensuring continuity throughout filming – each role plays a crucial part in bringing it all together. We hope this glimpse behind the scenes has given you a new appreciation for the hard work and dedication that goes into creating your favorite films.
So next time you watch a blockbuster hit, remember all those involved in making it happen – from executive producer to stunt coordinator – as they are the true stars behind the camera.