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The Business of Film

Next to the producer or executive producer, the production manager is one of the few people on a production who stays with the project from beginning to end. The four distinctive phases in any production are development, preproduction, production (principal photography), and postproduction. This chapter looks at the role of the PM at each phase.

Development

The production manager is usually spared the most nerve-racking and frustrating phase of all: development. In this phase, the producer conceives an idea for a movie, develops it into a presentable package and tries to raise production funds to get the project into preproduction. To put it bluntly, filmmaking is all about business and earning potentially vast amounts ...

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