My friend Linda Stradling, a hugely experienced PM and tutor (currently running courses at the National Film and TV School), has recently published a brilliant guide to the skills involved in production management. Drawing on insights gained through her extensive career working for the likes of Channel 4, the BBC, Darlow Smithson, Mentorn, the Discovery Channel and National Geographic, Production Management for TV and Film: The Professional’s Guide includes details on self-organisation and the best systems to use, budgets, schedules and cost control, hiring and firing, contracts, insurance, setting up a shoot, dealing with contributors, acquiring copyright, people skills and ethics.
Plus Linda has provided FREE templates for all the essential documents that PMs need, such as cash flow, call sheets, etc. These can be downloaded from the publisher’s website where you can also, of course, buy the book:
Whilst it’s obviously an excellent resource for professional production managers, independent filmmakers and those of us who find ourselves managing a production without the benefit of a PM, will also find the information invaluable. I highly recommend it and, to borrow a quote from the Documentary Filmmakers Group:”What Linda Stradling doesn’t know about production management isn’t worth knowing”.