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Hollywood Secrets of Project Management Success by James Persse

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Hollywood-Style Change Control

Baselining the script and tracking script changes are both de jure and de rigueur Hollywood practices. Because the production process is expensive and work-intensive (12-hour days are the rule), producers are concerned primarily with schedule and budget affinity. They can trust the "theater" of the piece to the creative team; the director, writer, stars, and designers will see that aspect of the mission through. But the management oversight that that mission is wrapped in falls into the producer’s domain. (Project managers will quickly recognize this domain.) That’s why the producer moves with the production crew. That’s why Michael Beugg, executive producer of He’s Just Not That into You, was on his cell phone at ...

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