As production manger you are in charge of a production office team, which may include production assistants, production secretaries and production coordinators.
Most of the production manager’s work takes place in the planning stages of a production. Typical jobs include:
- Going through scripts and programme ideas with the producer and other senior production staff
- Drawing up a production schedule and budget based on the necessary logistics, timings and estimated costs
- Negotiating costs to make sure they come within budget
- Hiring crew and contractors
- Arranging any necessary permissions and risk assessments
During filming typical jobs may include:
- Making sure that the production runs to schedule and to budget
- Reporting on progress to the producers
- Dealing with any problems during filming
- Making any necessary changes to the schedule or budget (for example re-scheduling filming in bad weather)
- Making sure that health and safety rules, insurance terms, copyright laws and union agreements are followed.