Master Class: Management

When most people think of management they think of dealing with the day-to-day issues of employees, managing workflow in an office and generally doing day to day office work.

While a film commissioner does all of these things, they also have some unique factors that play into the management of their office and their program. This course discusses the structure of a film commission, the various stakeholders involved, the budget challenges, and the specific skills needed to succeed.

Master Class: Management

Chapter One: Introduction To Management

Visit any bookstore and you will notice that there is no shortage of books on leadership and management. Leadership and management skills are essential to the success of any organization, whether it is a private business, public entity, or nonprofit organization. Film Commission offices are no different.

Chapter Two: Management and the Structure of a Film Commission

How an organization is structured dictates much of how it operates, how decisions are made, how funding is obtained and used and what rules the organization has to follow. Film Commission offices are no different. Around the world, film commission offices are structured in many different ways, each with their own challenges. In this section, we will take some time to explore the different film commission structures and the uniqueness of operating under each structure.

  • Objectives 1: Students will be able to describe the pros and cons of the different film commission structures.
  • Objectives 2: Students will have the skills to operate within their structure.
  • Objectives 3: After completing this section, students will ask the correct questions to know where they fit in the broader government or nonprofit structure.
  • Objectives 4: Students will be able to identify the key processes, rules, and etiquette that they need to be aware of and follow in their role.
  • Objectives 5: Students will understand how their structure is impacted by change and will have tools for dealing with that change.

Chapter Three: Management Skills 13

As the manager of a film commission office that are many skills that you will need to be successful. Some of them are covered in the other modules in this series. However, we have also identified three specific skills that are important to your success in a film commission office.

Mediation, strategic planning, and public speaking are skills that you will use on a regular basis and are things that should be learned and reviewed continually. Even if you feel like you have mastered each of these skills, taking the time to review the skill and assess your current strengths and weaknesses in the area, can be helpful to improving outcomes and improving relationships.

Chapter Four: Identifying and Managing Stakeholders

A film commission office is about relationships: building them, managing them, and effectively using them to produce results. These relationships are key to the success and sustainability of a film commission office.

In this section, we will explore the different stakeholders that a film commission office works with and look at the potential tension points between these groups.

Chapter Five: Funding and Budgeting

For many people, dealing with the funding and budgeting of a film commission office is one of their least favorite parts of the job. As film commissioners, we want to be able to focus on our work with production companies, not worry about how we are going to pay the staff or find the funds for our programs.

Unfortunately, it’s a fact of life. A strong film commissioner is not only versed in the world of film production, but also has a keen business sense and understands the ins and outs of funding and budgeting. How funding comes in, how it is tracked and how it is reported will vary greatly depending upon whether the film commission is government based or an independent not for profit, and in which part of the world.

Regardless, it is essential to understand the basics. Let’s look at the six basic steps of getting, managing and reporting your funding.

– 1. Develop and Commit to your Mission and Vision.
– 2. Form a Plan to Accomplish the Mission.
– 3. Determining Costs and Funding Sources for the Plan.
– 4. Budget Priorities.
– 5. Creating the Budget.
– 6. Telling your Financial Story.

Master Class: Management
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