5 The Production Team and Staff

DOI: 10.4324/9781003324201-6


The unit production manager (UPM) works directly under the producer. This person oversees more of the day-to-day running of the crew and set. The UPM is the first person the crew may come to with problems. Much of the daily business of the UPM is solving problems. A good UPM will accept these problems without stressing out, and work to solve them. The UPM begins work shortly after the producer and works through some of post-production. The main difference between high and low budget regarding the production staff is the existence of coordinators. A very low-budget project may not have any coordinators, leaving all the coordinating duties to the UPM. ...

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