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.
- 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
Each chapter concludes with “Chapter Summary.”
I. PREP AND PRODUCTION. 1. The Budget.
Starting to Write a Budget.
Budgeting With Software Packages.
Padding the Budget.
Union vs. Non-Union.
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?
Breaking the Script into Eighths.
The Breakdown Sheet.
The Strip Board or Production Board.
Creating a Schedule.
Putting the Schedule Together.
Schedules to Print.
Updating Your Schedule.
Revision Colors. 3. The Production Team and Staff.
What Makes a Good Producer.
Dealing With First Time Directors.
Assistant to the Producer.
Unit Production Manager.
Production Office Coordinator.
Local Production Coordinator.
Assistant Production Office Coordinator.
Office Production Assistants.
1st Assistant Accountant, 2nd Assistant Accountant and Accounting Apprentice.
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.
1st Assistant Director.
The 1st A.D./Director Relationship.
2nd Assistant Director.
2nd 2nd Assistant Director and/or DGA Trainee.
Set Production Assistants.
A.D. Paperwork. 6. Casting, Actors, Extras and Stunt People.
Local Casting Director.
How to Run a Casting Session.
Rehearsals and Training.
Working with Minors.
Working with Animals.
Categories of Actors.
Day Players vs. Weekly Players.
How a Stunt Could Work: A Car Roll. 7. The Art Department.
The Production Designer.
Lead Man and Swing Gang.
Art Department Coordinator.
Art Department P.A.'s.
Assistant to Production Designer and Art Director.
Operations. 8. The Camera Department.
Director of Photography.
1st Assistant Cameraperson.
2nd Assistant Cameraperson.
The Camera Package.
Processing and Printing.
Projection of Dailies.
Behind-the-Scenes for DVD.
Tests. 9. Grip and Electric.
Best Boy Electric.
Operations for Grip and Electric.
The Grip Package.
The Lighting Package.
Laying Dolly Track.
Truck Wrap. 10. The Sound Department.
Cable Puller or Cable Person.
The Sound Package.
Playback. 11. Special Effects.
Special Effects Coordinator.
Operations on Set.
Visual Effects Producer.
Computer Graphics Supervisor.
Animation Supervisor/Animation Director.
Operations. 12. The Wardrobe Department.
Men's Costumer/Women's Costumer.
Assistant to the Costume Designer.
Washing and Returning.
Dressing the Masses. 13. Makeup and Hair.
Special Effects Makeup.
Assistant Hair/Additional Hair/Extra Hair.
Qualities of a Good Hair and Makeup Team. 14. Locations.
Assistant Location Manager.
Location Scouts—The Person.
The Location Scout.
The Technical Scout.
Security, Firemen and Police.
Shooting on Location vs. Studio Facilities.
Location Paperwork. 15. The Transportation Department.
Drivers and Teamsters.
Production Vehicles. 16. 2nd Unit.
II. POST-PRODUCTION. 17. Editing Picture and Sound.
1st Assistant Editor.
2nd Assistant Editor.
Sound Effects Editor.
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.
The Sound Mix.
The Film Trailer.
Delivery Versions. 19. Music, Titles and Opticals.
Music in the Public Domain.
Music Package Fee.
The Scoring Session.
III. THE REST OF THE STORY. 20. Contractuals.
The Legal Department.
Contracts for Cast, Crew and Services.
Publicity. 21. Miscellaneous.
Set First Aid.
Unions, Guilds and Associations. Glossary.
Guide to the CD-ROM.