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Film production manager.

FILM PRODUCTION MANAGERS ENSURE THAT FILM and television productions run smoothly and stay on schedule and budget. They must understand all aspects of production. including the business, finance and employment issues. Duties may include hiring crews and overseeing the acquisition of equipment, suppliers and locations. During filming they manage the production team and maintain compliance with health, safety and labor regulations. Production managers typically meet with the producers before filming For planning purposes and keep them updated during filming.

The Workplace

While the majority of film work is found in companies based in California, New York, Florida and Illinois, most metropolitan areas have work in motion Pictures, television studios, music video, documentaries, news, sports and post-production facilities.

Educational Requirements

While experience is important in moving up to management jobs in this industry, certificate or degree programs provide the necessary knowledge about lighting, sound cameras and specialized computer software as well as the business aspects that will lead to employment. This training may begin in high school programs and continue in community and technical colleges, as well as four-year universities.


Salaries for production managers greatly depend upon the locations they find employment in. While the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic, reports the average annual salary of producers and directors was $68.1140 in 2010, a survey by found that film production managers working in New York City earned more than $150,000, and in Los Angeles ncl Dallas, more than $120,000 annually.

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, job growth is expected in the motion picture and video industry due to a strong demand from the public for more movies and television shows. From 2010 to 2020, employment of producers and directors is projected to grow 11 percent, employment of film and video editors is projected to grow 4 percent, and technical positions in sound and engineering are expected to grow 10 percent.

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For more information about film production managers and the education and training required, here are some places to turn:

Directors Guild of America

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada

National Association of Broadcast Employees & Technicians

National Endowment for the Arts Film/Video/Radio Resources

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Title Annotation:Career Curve
Author:Reese, Susan
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Date:Mar 1, 2013
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