The Business of Film

Next to the producer or executive producer, the production manager (and line producer—if there is one—which is not always necessary or the case) is one of the few people on a production team who stay with the project from beginning to end. The four distinctive phases in any production are development, pre-production, production (principal photography), and post-production. This chapter looks at the role of the production manager (PM) at each phase.


The PM 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 ...

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