What is production?

Production is generally not considered a department as such, but rather as a series of functional groups. These include the film's producers and executive producers and production office staff such as the production manager, the production coordinator, and their assistants; the various assistant directors; the accounting staff and sometimes the locations manager and their assistants.


A film producer creates the conditions for film-making. The producer initiates, coordinates, supervises, and controls matters such as fund raising, hiring key personnel, and arranging for distributors. The producer is involved throughout all phases of the film making process from development to completion of a project. There may be several producers on a film who may take a role in a number of areas, such as development, financing or production.


Production crew is a group of people, hired by a production company, for the purpose of producing a film or a motion picture The crew is distinguished from the cast as the cast are understood to be the actors  who appear in front of the camera or provide voices for characters in the film. The crew is also separate from the producers as the producers are the ones who own a portion of either the film company or the film's intellectual property rights. A film crew is divided into different departments, each of which specializes in a specific aspect of the production. Film crew positions have evolved over the years, spurred by technological change, but many traditional jobs date from the early 20th century and are common across jurisdictions and film-making cultures.


There are some standard pieces of digital video production equipment that are essential for every digital video project.

Digital Video Camcorder

Video Editing Computer

Digital Video Editing Software

DVD Burner

External Hard Drive

Camcorder Microphone

Video Tripod

Video Bag