Film Production Management, Third Edition Reviews

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  1. Max Wycisk says
    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The best book out there for developing a shooting schedule., February 13, 1999
    By A Customer

    I took Production Management in film school and this book blows away what we used as our textbook. It will definitely steer you to getting things done in a professional manner, whether it is managing locations or developing a shooting schedule. This is the one book you need to make sure everything runs smoothly.

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  2. Anonymous says
    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    This is an overview at best., December 12, 2007
    By 
    Max Wycisk (Los Angeles) –

    This review is from: Film Production Management, Third Edition (Paperback)

    I have purchased (and immediately returned, after thumbing through) this book, as after a couple of decades in the business I am now moving up to management. This book might be a useful read for a complete neophyte, or a student, perhaps it even “blows away” other school type textbooks on the subject as the previus reviewer suggested. For a professional, it is of little use. It touches on all subjects associated with production, but none of them are treated with sufficient depth. One thing is certain: you will definitely not be an well informed production manager if that is all you will ever read to get ready for that particular challenge, nor will you be ready to go out there, and pass yourself off as a pro..

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  3. Anonymous says
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Less Than What I Would Have Expected from Focal Press, February 25, 2010
    By 
    Kris C. Jones “Video Editor” (East Ridge, TN (Chattanooga), TN USA) –
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    This review is from: Film Production Management, Third Edition (Paperback)

    I received a review copy for a film class that I help teach. In reading through the first few chapters, I noticed it has a rather casual, slapdash style that is all too common in many recent film how-to texts.

    Focal Press has slipped in recent years, especially when it comes to their editions from overseas. It would seem that the cachet of having a foreign author is authority enough to justify the publication of a particular book.

    I stopped reading when I came to the paragraph where the author states, to paraphrase, “Sometimes the screenwriter neglects to number his / her scenes due to laziness and the production manager has to do it for him.” ( With no explanation of the “spec script” rules of format vs. “production scripts.” It was at this point I became convinced of the author’s lack of understanding of the production management process.

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