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Film Production Management

How to Budget, Organize and Successfully Shoot your Film, 4th Edition

By Bastian Cleve


214 pages

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Paperback: 9780415788779
pub: 2017-10-06
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This new and updated fourth edition of Film Production Management provides a step-by-step guide on how to budget, organize, and successfully shoot a film and get it onto the big screen. Whether you are a film student or film production professional just getting started in the industry, this book is an indispensable resource for day-to-day business on the set.

Written by veteran filmmaker Bastian Clevé, this book will teach you how to:

  • Break down a screenplay
  • Organize a shooting schedule
  • Create a realistic budget
  • Find and secure locations
  • Network with agents to find actors
  • Hire a crew and communicate effectively with unions

The new edition features updated information on contracts, permits, and insurance; special tips for low-budget filmmaking; new information on digital workflows and production software; advice on green production practices; and expanded coverage of the role of the line producer.


"This book does a terrific job of explaining who does what through all phases of production–it’s extremely comprehensive and offers many examples. FPM has been required reading in my graduate-level film business course for years."

—Evan Smith, Professor, Syracuse University

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – The Production Manager

Chapter 2 – The Business of Film

Chapter 3 – Preparing for Production

Chapter 4 – Special Tips for Low-Budget Productions

Chapter 5 – Locations

Chapter 6 – Unions

Chapter 7 – Cast and Crew

Chapter 8 – Contracts, Agreements, and Working Permits

Chapter 9 – The Budget and Production Budget Forms

    • The Digital Agenda – Production Management Software (by Joshua Throne)

Chapter 10 – Insurance

Chapter 11 – Completion Bonds

Appendix 1: Green Shooting

Appendix 2: Selected Addresses

Appendix 3: Example Agreement Forms


About the Author

Bastian Clevé has produced more than 80 full-length and short films in the United States and Germany and has won numerous awards for his work. He was previously Professor at the Film Production Studies Department at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg near Stuttgart, and he has lectured on filmmaking throughout North America, Europe, Southern Asia, and Australia.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Screenwriting