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.

chapter 1|4 pages

The Production Manager

chapter 2|12 pages

The Business of Film

chapter 3|25 pages

Preparing for Production

chapter 4|12 pages

Special Tips for Low-Budget Productions

chapter 5|14 pages


chapter 6|23 pages


chapter 7|20 pages

Cast and Crew

chapter 8|25 pages

Contracts, Agreements, and Working Permits

chapter 9|15 pages

The Budget and Production Budget Forms

chapter 10|11 pages


chapter 11|18 pages

Completion Bonds

chapter Appendix 1|14 pages

Green Shooting

chapter Appendix 2|4 pages

Selected Addresses

chapter Appendix 3|8 pages

Example Agreement Forms