Drama Production Team
Those in the production roles are responsible for setting up and shooting every scene in the drama. Some of the people involved are listed below.
The producer, whether working in radio, TV or online, oversees the entire production and brings together all the different elements and people. The role also requires him or her to be across all the various stages of production.
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The director’s role is to take overall responsibility for the creative, visual and sound aspects of a production. Often there are first and second assistant directors, who are involved in preparing the filming schedule and ensuring everyone sticks to it. They also work to make sure the director has everything he or she needs to achieve the look and feel required.
Overseeing a production from start to finish, a production manager keeps a tight reign on the budget and organises all support facilities, including accommodation, catering and transport. He/she will also plan crews, equipment and facilities.
The script editor works between the writer and the producer to make sure the story crosses from paper to the small screen effectively. He/she will ensure scripts are ready on time and help create the atmosphere the script is trying to get across. Find out more
To ensure each scene continues on from the previous one smoothly it is up to those working in script continuity to keep on top of the filming. Maintaining scenery, wardrobe, lighting is all essential so that the final edit can be made accurately and seamlessly.
You’ll provide essential administrative support to the production team by fulfilling a wide variety of traditional secretarial duties.
Responsible for finding locations and ensuring a hassle free filming session are the two principal roles of a location manager. He/she is also responsible for health and safety and dealing with owners and those who usually use the chosen location.
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Supporting the producer, you'll contribute ideas, contacts and sources, as well as interviewing possible contributors and writing briefings and reports. Although some areas require specialist knowledge, this can be an entry level role if you've got some appropriate experience.
Although you'd be the most junior member of the production team, you'll have the chance to get involved in all aspects of production, from photocopying to helping out with research. This is how a lot of people get their first break in the industry, as it's a common entry-level role.