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Understanding Film Production

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Where is it held?

This course is taught in association with the Arri Group, a leading designer and manufacturer of camera and lighting systems for the Film and Broadcast industry

The course will run in the Arri training facility in Uxbridge UK.

It will be taught by Wendy Layboun of Network Nine News who has spent a lifetime in the Film Industry, and Dave Ward, Gateway Founder and Director.

Who is it for?

This course is designed to acquaint all Creative Industries staff with the technology and terminology used in the Film and TV production process.

As technology converges it is vital that we all know a little about what our colleagues do. This helps with communication and eliminates a lot of unintentional mistakes that are costly and time consuming. This course then, is an investment rather than a cost.

How will it benefit me?

You will be able to communicate more effectively with film production facilities and operational staff.

You will have a greater knowledge of industry processes and will have the information you need when booking facilities.

Be more effective

You will be more effective and have increased your value to the organisation. You will be ready to pass on the information to colleagues and friends.

You will have developed greater confidence to deal with any issues which may arise.

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The course will include

We explain all the different departments in a Film Production, their responsibilities and how they co-ordinate. We are great at busting jargon. We also believe that people learn best when they are having fun. Come and join in the fun, see lots of Arri gear and play with some of it. You will also get a free copy of The Art of Illusion, written by Terry Ackland-Smith and Wendy Laybourn.


Brief outline of the Producer's job, acquisition and green light of the script, budget issues and how the finance can be raised.

The making of a film starts and finishes in the Production Office. The number of people employed depends on the size of the project and the budget involved.

The Producer's job starts from the time he accepts a script and pulls his team together and continues through the production process to cinema and television distribution and display.

Job Profiles

We will describe the job profiles involved in the Pre-Production meeting: Producer, Financial Controller, Director, Production Designer, Art Director, Cinematographer, Visual Effects Supervisor, Special Effects Supervisor, Supervising Editor, Supervising Sound Editor (Designer),Writer, Composer, Storyboard Artist, Talent Scout.

Choosing a Team

The Producer will choose a Director whose work will suit the Producer's idea of the style of the script. It is then the Director's job to select the Production Designer and Director of Photography (DoP) to suit the look and feel of the film and who he will have worked with before and whose work he trusts implicitly.

The DoP will pick his favourite Camera Operator with crew, Lighting Gaffer with crew and Key Grip with crew. All of these people will have worked with each other over several production.

The Production Designer

The Production Designer will choose his own Art Department team and the Construction Manager who will select his Heads of Department - Carpenter, Plasterer, Painter, Rigger. The Art Department is the largest on the film and will have the biggest 'below-the-line' budget.

The Performers

How and why the lead performers are selected and why some of them are also listed as Executive Producers.