March 7, 1995
1. Who’s job is it to run or manage the production? The Production Manager.
2. The Production Manager is the executive head of which department? The production department, and all other departments, art, camera, sound, editorial and music.
3. Name 4 steps in the production process: The idea, the evaluation, the development, production finance, pre-production, budgeting and scheduling, casting and crewing, etc.
4. What are the two elements in the development of an idea? The raising of the finance and the actual developing of the project.
5. The script is the blueprint by which a production is guided.
6. There is a tendency for inexperienced film writers to present shooting scripts which detail every shot. Is this a waste of effort? Yes.
7. The documentary is a different type of production and, in its classic form, is intended literally to be a document of what happened in front of the camera.
8. Which is the cheapest form of documentary programme? Talking-head documentary.
9. While the draft budget is being produced, or checked, the producer will be trying to place key contracts.
10. While the production office is finalizing the contracts and budget, the art department should be progressing towards set construction, if it is required, and the location manager towards confirming locations where these are required.
11. Before a shoot can begin, what are the two main questions needed to be answered? How long will it take to produce the film? How much will the production cost?
12. Another way of tabulating the scrip information is by each individual place and this produces the location document.
13. What does the author of your text say about the “only time a production is being productive? When film is going through the camera.”
14. One of the methods used by some production managers to help in the organization of the cross-plot is the strip board or production board.
15. As a general rule, a production manager can never provide too much information.
16. Because different productions have different needs it must be realized that every schedule should be tailor-made for the particular film.
17. If the whole production is not completed in one shoot it is of benefit to attach at this stage a(n) outline schedule for the rest of the shoot.
18. Once the schedulehas been drafted the budget can be checked against its demands although it must be remembered that it is the budget which usually has the controlling or final say on the shape of a schedule.
19. In relation to cost, what is one of the key documents in any project? The budget.
20. The individual parts of the budget form are divided into sections which are usually categorized by letters and, where necessary, split into numbered subsections.
21. What is the first factor that has an effect on the budget? The agreement under which the film is being produced.
22. What are attached to the rates in relation to the processing of stock or the hire of equipment? Terms and conditions.
23. What is a cash flow forecast? A business produces a forecast of how the money in the business is to be earned and spent.
24. The cash flow forecast gives the producer, the accountant and the production office a tool by which the actual cost of the production can be measured.
25. The problems of casting, crewing, equipment hire, location finding, insurances, terms of engagement and relations with the unions will all vary from film to film.
26. Whose business is it to crew a film? The production manager.
27. What does the term Film Producers’ Indemnity mean? It is the generic term used today for the insurances summarized in the first six items on the list in the feature budget form.
28. Give an example of when a union clearance would be necessary: In the case of the production going overseas.
29. Describe briefly what a progress report is: It is a record of the comings and goings of anyone and everyone involved in the film.
30. During the filming of any production permission has to be obtained by the film company for the use of the images recorded by it. What is form is needed to take care of this? The Release Form.
31. What is the beginning of the editing process? The filmed material must be organized into script order.
32. Music recording is the responsibility of the music director in conjunction with the production manager.
33. At what point is the delivery date specified? It is specified in the original contract and there will almost certainly be penalties if the date is not met.
34. What may cost more than the actual producing of a film? Publicity.
35. In the text a film is referred to as “the last travelling circus.” Who would be considered “the ring master?” The production manager.
36. One of the ways a producer may work to guarantee a profit is to sell the film as it is being made.