What is a Unit Production Manager?
Unit Production Managers work across the production process managing the production’s budget and schedule ensuring that the film makes it from conception to reality.
Budgets make the world go round
Although the role of a Unit Production Manager is largely managerial, people skills are essential for this role. As a Unit Production Manager you will take charge of all budgeting and scheduling issues, both of which are directly impacted by the people working on the production. Conflicts on the production lead to unmotivated staff, unmotivated staff lead to decreased efficiency and mistakes, both of which wreak havoc for the schedule and budget. As a result, Unit Production Managers often act as the mediators between departments, resolving issues and motivating staff.
What is a Costume Buyer?
Costume Buyers are responsible for purchasing the clothes required for a production. Reporting to the Costume Designer, they are expected to source all of the required materials needed to bring a character to life.
Costume Buyers work to the brief of the Costume Designer. This brief can vary dramatically depending upon whether the designer is designing original costumes or sourcing existing articles.
What is a Production Manager?
Production Managers work across the production, overseeing the general running of the production and working with the producer and other senior members of staff.
During pre-production the Production Manager will meet with senior staff members to ascertain budgetary requirements for a production. These costs may include the cost of hiring the crew, equipment, sets and additional locations. Part of the Production Manager’s role may include negotiating rates of pay, location costs, risk assessments and logistical issues as and when they arise. Negotiation skills are essential for a Production Manager for keeping contractual costs down and dealing with potential issues as they arise.
What is a Broadcast Journalist?
Broadcast Journalists research and report news across a variety of channels, to include: TV, radio and online. Some Broadcast Journalists will be centre screen, working as presenters and reporting on the news in front of the camera, or on the radio. Other Broadcast Journalists will work off screen, researching story details and interviewing people. Often Broadcast Journalists will specialise in a particular type of news, for instance sports or politics.
What is a Researcher?
Researchers are employed on productions where factual data is needed or where there is a need to employ ‘real life’ people as part of the production. Researchers may also be employed when there is a need for fact checking on historical productions.
Generally, you can find researchers working on anything from commercials and corporate videos to feature documentaries and soaps.
What is a Production Assistant
Production Assistants work throughout pre-production and production, supporting senior production staff, and are responsible for a number of administrative and organisational duties.
The role of a Production Assistant encompasses many different tasks and can vary from production to production. Below you can find a small insight into what to expect and the key skills you will need to succeed.
What is an Assistant Editor?
As an Assistant Editor you will support the Editor in preparing all of the media of a project during the post-production stage.
To be an Assistant Editor, organisational skills are key in what is a very administrative job role. As an Assistant Editor you will manage the media, logging it, monitoring its movement in preparation for editing and ensuring that there is always sufficient storage space. Media will include special effects, sound effects, dialogue and camera footage.
What is a Camera Assistant?
A Camera Assistant supports the Camera Department and is considered one of the most junior roles within the department. Camera Assistants are not common within smaller productions due to budget limitations.
In supporting the Camera Department you will be expected to help in the setup of cameras, their maintenance and the subsequent handling of recorded footage. This will also include keeping a record of relevant stocks for items such as batteries and other supplies. You will need to keep a kit list to document all equipment currently in use on a production.
What is a Location Scout?
Exactly what is says on the tin! A location Scout is responsible for finding the right location(s) to meet the requirements of the script. More often that not, a Location Scout is also responsible for overseeing the logistical feasibility of a location, and working with primary stakeholders (eg. government) to find solutions when required.
What is a Production Secretary?
As a Production Secretary you will work with the Production Coordinator and Production Manager. The scope of the job will largely depend on the company you work for. Some Production Secretaries are junior while others in smaller companies may work closely with the Producer and Director.