Logistics are a huge part of the role of a producer. Walter reminds you what logistics you need to take into consideration—the how, where, and when things are going to happen in a video project. This is a huge responsibility, as anything you forget—or don’t make a plan for—can have a major impact on both your deadline and the budget.
- A video producer has a lot of hidden responsibilities that go far beyond just showing up on set to lead the production team. Now, one of the big responsibilities is logistics - the how, where, and when things are going to happen in a video project. Now, this is a huge responsibility, as anything you forget or don't make a plan for can have a major impact on both your deadline and the budget. The logistics cover everything that is required to produce and complete a project.
Now, this includes the workflow and production plan to ensure that everything happens when it's supposed to, so you can deliver the project on time and on budget. You plan for as much of this as possible in pre-production, so you're not scrambling to fix problems once the project starts. Some examples of logistics would be, say, the location. Will you be inside, outside, in a studio, in a public place? The time of year can have a major impact, not only for outdoor location, but just getting your crew to the location.
How big is your crew going to be and how much equipment are they bringing? Will they all fit in the location? Will you need actors and how are they going to be cast? And, don't forget, you need to feed these people. Now, once you're done filming, who's going to do the post-production? How does everything get to your post-production team and how is all of your data protected during the editing process? What's the workflow and review process with your client to complete the project? And don't forget to secure the rights to any music and images you need to complete the post-production process.
Also consider your current production workload. Will you need to bring in additional resources to help you manage this project? All of these things I've mentioned, and a whole lot more, create the most important logistic of all, the budget. Planning for all of the logistics necessary to complete your project will help you to create and stick to an accurate budget. We're going to talk a lot more about logistics in the chapter on pre-production, but you can already see how the role of a video producer includes a lot of hidden responsibilities.
The how, where, and when things are going to happen in a video production are the logistics you need to plan for to have a successful project.
Walter Biscardi takes you on set and shows you how production decisions unfold in real time, whether you're scripting, scheduling, directing crew members, or providing feedback to post. Follow along and explore the responsibilities of a producer in all stages, including pre-production (planning), production (running a set), and post-production (editing and delivery). By the end, you'll have a better understanding of skills and techniques it takes to run a smooth and successful video production.
- Scripting and storyboarding
- Running a set
- Paying your crew
- Working with post
- Providing constructive feedback