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The People and Process of Film and Video Production: From Low Budget to High Budget

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Publisher Comments:

The People and Process of Film and Video Production discusses the entire production process for film and video projects, including a comprehensive list of job descriptions for low-, medium-, and high-budget productions.

Features

  • Describes the personnel involved in film and video productions of various budgets, including how the production process is affected by these budgets, providing students with a clear understanding of how different budget levels affect the filmmaking process.
  • Discusses and lists step-by-step duties and responsibilities for each position on a crew, giving students a detailed understanding of each step of the production process.
  • Includes a free CD-ROM with blank versions of every form mentioned in the text, helping students put into practice what they learn in the text.

About the Author

Lorene Wales is an assistant professor at Regent University. She also freelances as a 1st Assistant Director and U.P.M. Dr. Wales spent ten years working in the feature film industry in Los Angeles, California on such films as “UHF,” “Firebirds,” “The Cemetery Club” and “Money For Nothing,” as well as on over twenty low- and medium-budget features. Her last production, “On the Edge,” won a bronze award at the WorldFest Houston International Film and Video Awards.

Praise for Wales' The People and Process of Film and Video Production

“I think it is excellent to have a text that will provide this specific, process-oriented information as needed...and to also have the extension of that information into all the procedures and chains of authority, and processes that students are likely to encounter when they enter the profession.”

Robert Harris, Fitchburg State College

“This text is extremely strong in thoroughly and understandably identifying the primary responsibilities required of each crewmember in a film production venue and it excels at defining and detailing what organizational and production tools each crewmember will need to use.”

Thomas Cook, Keene State College

“It is evident that the author of this book has much production managing/producing experience and understands the nitty-gritty of film production.”

Thomas Rondinella, Seton Hall University

“I think this is a terrific book for classes on producing...it is also a good reference book for departments or libraries of institutions teaching film, as well as for teachers to use as a reference.”

Caitlin Manning, California State University, Monterey Bay

Book News Annotation:

Anyone who ever wondered about the job titles listed in a movie's end credits will find all questions answered in this detailed and thorough reference. Wales, a freelance First Assistant Director and UPM, delineates the entire production process and the responsibilities of every crewmember, from accountant to caterer to wardrobe supervisor. She also discusses how different budget levels affect the filmmaking process and provides examples of budgets, as well as all other forms required in the production process. The text includes a CD-ROM with blank versions of every form described.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The People and Process of Film and Video Production discusses the entire production process for film and video projects, including a comprehensive list of jobs for both low and high budget productions. From student projects to major studio features, this text covers all the aspects of the production process from the determining the budget to post-production and personnel. Each chapter examines a specific department on a film or video production and outlines the duties and responsibilities of each member of the crew throughout the production process. The text shows how the people and processes are different depending on the budget level of the project. Students will learn the nuts and bolts of how a film or video is made, from pre-production through delivery.

Table of Contents

Each chapter concludes with “Chapter Summary.”

I. PREP AND PRODUCTION.

1. The Budget.

Budgeting Software.

Budget Structure.

Starting to Write a Budget.

Budgeting With Software Packages.

Spreadsheet Budgeting.

Padding the Budget.

The Contingency.

Fringe Benefits.

Union vs. Non-Union.

Becoming Signatory.

Local vs. Distant.

Budget Disbursement and Tracking.

Managing the Budget.

Good Budgeting vs. Bad Budgeting.

Budget Line Items.
2. Script Breakdown/Scheduling.

Scheduling a Film—A Step-By-Step Overview.

The Script Breakdown.

What are the Elements?

Other Categories.

Breaking the Script into Eighths.

The Breakdown Sheet.

The Strip Board or Production Board.

Creating a Schedule.

Scheduling Parameters.

Putting the Schedule Together.

Schedules to Print.

Updating Your Schedule.

Revision Colors.
3. The Production Team and Staff.

Executive Producer.

Line Producer.

What Makes a Good Producer.

Dealing With First Time Directors.

Associate Producer.

Assistant to the Producer.

Unit Production Manager.

Production Office Coordinator.

Local Production Coordinator.

Assistant Production Office Coordinator.

Travel/Movement.

Office Production Assistants.

Receptionist.

Head Accountant.

1st Assistant Accountant, 2nd Assistant Accountant and Accounting Apprentice.

Technical Advisor.

Script Supervisor.

Safety Officer/Manager.

Product Placement.
4. The Production Office.

The Production Office.

Setting up the Office.

Running the Production Office.

Wrapping Out the Production Office.

The Meet and Greet.

The Wrap Party.

Production Lists.
5. The Director's Team.

Director.

1st Assistant Director.

The 1st A.D./Director Relationship.

Production Meetings.

2nd Assistant Director.

Walkie-Talkie Etiquette.

2nd 2nd Assistant Director and/or DGA Trainee.

Set Production Assistants.

Director's Assistant.

Choreographer.

Dialogue/Dialect Coach.

Storyboard Artist.

Set Operations.

Press Day.

Closed Set.

Set Protocol.

Production Files.

A.D. Paperwork.
6. Casting, Actors, Extras and Stunt People.

Casting Department.

Casting Director.

Local Casting Director.

Extras Casting.

Casting Assistants.

How to Run a Casting Session.

Screen Tests.

Rehearsals and Training.

Fittings.

Working with Minors.

Working with Animals.

The Taft-Hartley.

Categories of Actors.

Day Players vs. Weekly Players.

Stunts.

Stunt Coordinator.

Stuntman/Stuntwoman.

How a Stunt Could Work: A Car Roll.
7. The Art Department.

The Production Designer.

Art Director.

Set Decorator.

Lead Man and Swing Gang.

Art Department Coordinator.

Set Designer.

Set Dresser.

Props.

Illustrator.

Draftsperson.

Assistant Props.

Art Department P.A.'s.

Assistant to Production Designer and Art Director.

Construction Coordinator.

Construction Foreman.

Construction Labor.

Standby Painter.

Standby Greensman.

Operations.
8. The Camera Department.

Director of Photography.

Camera Operator.

1st Assistant Cameraperson.

2nd Assistant Cameraperson.

Clapper/Loader.

Camera P.A.

Video Assist.

Steadicam Operator.

Special Operators.

The Camera Package.

Operations.

Stock.

Processing and Printing.

Projection of Dailies.

Behind-the-Scenes for DVD.

Tests.
9. Grip and Electric.

Gaffer.

Best Boy Electric.

Electricians.

Generator Operator.

Rigging Crew.

Key Grip.

Best Boy.

Company Grips.

Dolly Grip.

Crane Operator.

Operations for Grip and Electric.

The Grip Package.

The Lighting Package.

Laying Dolly Track.

Truck Wrap.
10. The Sound Department.

Sound Mixer.

Boom Operator.

Cable Puller or Cable Person.

Sound P.A.

The Sound Package.

Operations.

Playback.
11. Special Effects.

Special Effects.

Special Effects Coordinator.

Operations on Set.

Visual Effects.

Visual Effects Producer.

Computer Graphics Supervisor.

Compositing Supervisor.

Compositing Lead.

Compositors.

Animation Supervisor/Animation Director.

Animators.

Digital Cinematographers/Shaders.

Digital Modelers.

3D Animators.

2D Animators.

Rendering.

Operations.
12. The Wardrobe Department.

Costume Designer.

Wardrobe Supervisor.

Men's Costumer/Women's Costumer.

Seamstress.

Wardrobe P.A.

Assistant to the Costume Designer.

Operations.

Washing and Returning.

Dressing the Masses.
13. Makeup and Hair.

Key Makeup.

Assistant Makeup.

Additional/Extra Makeup.

Body Makeup.

Special Effects Makeup.

Key Hair.

Assistant Hair/Additional Hair/Extra Hair.

Operations.

Qualities of a Good Hair and Makeup Team.
14. Locations.

Location Manager.

Assistant Location Manager.

Location P.A.

Location Scouts—The Person.

The Location Scout.

The Technical Scout.

Maps.

Security, Firemen and Police.

Heating/Air Conditioning.

Shooting on Location vs. Studio Facilities.

Location Paperwork.
15. The Transportation Department.

Transportation Coordinator.

Transportation Captain.

Dispatcher.

Drivers and Teamsters.

Operations.

Picture Vehicles.

Production Vehicles.
16. 2nd Unit.

Director.

U.P.M./POC.

1st A.D.

Locations.

Camera.

Sound.

Other Units.

Operations.

Equipment.

Paperwork.

II. POST-PRODUCTION.

17. Editing Picture and Sound.

Post-Production Supervisor.

Editor.

1st Assistant Editor.

2nd Assistant Editor.

Apprentice Editor.

Sound Designer.

Sound Editor.

Dialogue Editor.

Sound Effects Editor.

Music Editor.

ADR Editor.

Re-recording Mixers.

Looping or ADR.

Different Kinds of Mixes.

The Post-Production Process.

Main Titles and End Credits.
18. Post-Production Film and Lab.

Working With the Lab.

Negative Cutting.

The Sound Mix.

Answer Prints.

Release Prints.

The Film Trailer.

Delivery Versions.
19. Music, Titles and Opticals.

Music in the Public Domain.

Music Supervisor.

Composer.

Music Package Fee.

Conductor.

Arranger/Orchestrator.

Copyists.

Musicians.

The Scoring Session.

Soundtrack Album/CD.

III. THE REST OF THE STORY.

20. Contractuals.

Insurance.

Completion Bond.

The Legal Department.

Clearances.

Releases.

Contracts for Cast, Crew and Services.

Publicity.
21. Miscellaneous.

Craft Service.

Catering.

Set First Aid.

Set Masseuse.

Production Etiquette.

Unions, Guilds and Associations.
Glossary.

Guide to the CD-ROM.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780205375219
Subtitle:
From Low Budget to High Budget
Publisher:
Pearson
Author:
Wales, Lorene
Subject:
Business Aspects
Subject:
Industries - Media & Communications Industries
Subject:
Film & Video - Direction & Production
Subject:
Communication
Subject:
Motion pictures -- Production and direction.
Subject:
Film and Television-Production
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
September 2004
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.48x7.21x.93 in. 1.58 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The People and Process of Film and Video Production discusses the entire production process for film and video projects, including a comprehensive list of jobs for both low and high budget productions. From student projects to major studio features, this text covers all the aspects of the production process from the determining the budget to post-production and personnel. Each chapter examines a specific department on a film or video production and outlines the duties and responsibilities of each member of the crew throughout the production process. The text shows how the people and processes are different depending on the budget level of the project. Students will learn the nuts and bolts of how a film or video is made, from pre-production through delivery.
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