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Production Manager - Film

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€25k > 60 
Production Manager TV/Film
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€25 - 60 
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Entrants: 25 - 35
Established: 40 - 60
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Last Updated: March, 2011

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Works with a producer supervising and managing the production of a film, television or theatrical productions.

The Work header image

The work of the Production Manager involves breaking down the script scene by scene with the Assistant Director in order to determine the production schedule.  
The Production Manager is involved in preparing the production budget. This entails consulting with heads of department (Art, Lighting, Construction, etc.) to estimate the resources needed through all stages of the production process and ensuring all needs are covered in the budget.  
The Production Manager assesses the crew requirements and is involved in selecting the crew and negotiating and agreeing rates of pay and conditions of employment with the unions. He/she oversees the search for locations and the liaison with local authorities and Gardai in relation to use of public property.  
The Production Manager selects production facilities for which he/she negotiates and agrees payment and would also negotiate and agree terms and contracts with casting agencies. The work includes overseeing production paperwork, such as daily progress reports, and determining if the production schedule and budgets are on target. The Production Manager manages the progress of the production on a day- to-day basis, maintaining a presence in the office as well as on set and appraises the Producer of progress.  
The Production Manager is also involved in preparing weekly cost reports with the Production Accountant. He/she makes necessary changes to the schedule and budget as required, ensuring all relevant personnel are made aware of changes.  
The Production Manager deals with any personnel problems or issues that may arise and ensures that all health and safety regulations are adhered to. Arranging a "wrap-up" of the production is also a responsibility of the position. This involves ensuring all final invoices for services provided are received, checked and passed for payment; overseeing that all locations used are "signed off" in accordance with agreements and all rental agreements are terminated. 

Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Supervise and assign duties to workers engaged in technical control and production of radio and television programs.


Monitor broadcasts to ensure that programs conform to station or network policies and regulations.


Observe pictures through monitors, and direct camera and video staff concerning shading and composition.


Act as liaisons between engineering and production departments.


Test equipment to ensure proper operation.


Schedule use of studio and editing facilities for producers and engineering and maintenance staff.


Train workers in use of equipment such as switchers, cameras, monitors, microphones, and lights.


Confer with operations directors to formulate and maintain fair and attainable technical policies for programs.


Discuss filter options, lens choices, and the visual effects of objects being filmed with photography directors and video operators.


Follow instructions from production managers and directors during productions, such as commands for camera cuts, effects, graphics, and takes.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.


Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.


Interacting With Computers:  Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.


Documenting/Recording Information:  Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.


Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.


Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.


Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


Communications and Media:  Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.


Telecommunications:  Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.


English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.


Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Management of Personnel Resources:   Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.


Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

The Production Manager needs to be hard working and efficient with good communication and organisational skills.

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Go..TV or Film Production Manager - from:  N.C.S. [UK]

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Organisation: Irish Film and Television Network
  Address: First Floor, Palmerstown Centre, Kennelsfort Road, Dublin 20
  Tel: 01 6200811
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Organisation: SIPTU (Film & Entertainment Branch)
  Address: Liberty Hall, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 858 6412
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