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The Production Office

A scene from Mrs Henderson Presents

The business of filmmaking starts and finishes with the work of the Producers and of the Production Department. Without the strenuous efforts of these dynamic individuals there would be no films and no film industry. It is their role to foster a protected environment in which creative individuals can be brought together, and in which their talents may be cultivated.

Film Production is a complex business which effectively requires the setting up, running, and closing-down of a substantially sized organisation, solely for the purpose of producing a single film. Therefore, those who work in the Production Department must be highly motivated, multi-tasking individuals, who have the creative vision, the business acumen, and the single-minded determination to do whatever it takes to see that the film is made to the best of everyone’s abilities.

Production Department

The number of people employed in the Production Department, and the level of delegation required, varies enormously.

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Executive Producer

The traditional role of the Executive Producer is to supervise the work of the Producer on behalf of the studio, the financiers or the distributors, and to ensure that the film is completed on time, and within budget, to agreed artistic and technical standards.

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A Co-producer is typically a Line Producer who has also performed a substantial portion of the creative producing function.

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Line Producer

Line Producers are rarely involved in the development of the project, but often play a crucial role in costing the production in order to provide investors with the confidence to invest in the project.

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Production Co-ordinator

Production Co-ordinators are directly responsible to the Line Producer and Production Manager for scheduling and co-ordinating the communications and day-to-day workings of the whole production team.

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Assistant Production Co-ordinator

The Assistant Production Co-ordinator acts as a general assistant to the Production Co-ordinator, performing duties relating to the preparation, distribution and filing of paperwork, both within the production office and on set.

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The Producer is frequently the first person to become involved in a project; they participate directly in all the main producing phases; and see the project through production, to post-production, marketing and distribution.

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Associate Producer or Assistant Producer

Associate Producers carry out significant functions in the production or post-production process, which would otherwise be performed by the Producer, Executive Producer or Co-Producer.

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Producer's Assistant

Producer's Assistants are highly competent administrators who work closely with Producers throughout the production process, from script development and pre-production through to marketing and distribution.

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Production Manager

They help to determine the most efficient and economic way to schedule shoots, negotiate business deals for crews, locations and technical equipment, and make day-to-day production decisions to ensure that productions proceed smoothly.

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Production Runner or Production Assistant

Production Runners are the foot soldiers of the production team, performing small but important tasks in the office, around the set and on location.

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