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Technical Management for the Performing Arts by Dennis Dorn, Mark Shanda

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Chapter 11Budgets & Quality Control

One of the more significant contributions a technical manager provides to the production process is the projection of costs and labor hours and, as a part of that process, the determination of material and labor methodologies to be utilized in the fabrication and finishing of a theatrical product. Be it costume, scenery, props, sound, lighting, rigging, multimedia, or special effects, all require similar effort and use the same principles. However, to cover them all is beyond the scope of this book; to simplify our discussion, we use the example of scenery to illustrate the various aspects of the estimation process and the characteristics and tools of the technical managers involved.

Estimation is a process ...

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