The movie industry in 2018, was worth $41.7 billion from global box office. When including box office and home entertainment revenue streams, the global movie industry was worth $136 billion in 2018.
Human resources role in a movie production company
HR industry standards are the same and consistent no matter what industry you work in. Whether you work in Hollywood or Bollywood, you recruit employees, conduct on-boarding, manage payroll & benefits, ensure employment laws compliance, provide employee relations, training & development, etc.
Every country has their own labor laws that govern human resources. One of the responsibilities of an HR Director is ensuring that everything the movie production company does is compliant with all governing laws, including federal and local statutes.
Some things about working in a movie production are unique to HR
One major role of human resources is to protect employees from all forms of sexual harassment and violence. The movie industry today is dealing with the fallout from accusations of sexual abuse and harassment.
The #MeToo movement in today’s movie industry is a reminder to HR that sexual harassment and discrimination must be taken seriously from the beginning.
HR role in sexual harassment:
Not everyone on a movie set or in a studio are employees, there is a lot of people on a set who don’t work for the company. Production companies often subcontract certain parts of the production to other companies.
HR role is to ensure all subcontractors are fully aware of the company sexual harassment policy and this should be included in the terms & conditions between the company and its subcontractors.
Specialized roles in a film-making production
Let’s look at some of the specialized roles in film-making production and how they all come together to produce great content.
The executive producer is someone who finances a film but isn’t involved on the day-to-day creative process during production.
The producer is hired by the executive producer to ensure the movie is made correctly and usually creates an initial budget and runs the logistics during production. They’re the equivalent of a project manager in a modern company.
The director is the one responsible for telling the story and bringing it to life on screen. Responsibilities include working with the actors, answering questions, setting location, and deciding on the film’s overall look and composition.
The screenwriter is responsible for writing the script or narration.
Actresses and Actors
A talented performer who portrays a character in a movie.
Other Specialized Roles
How many people are needed to make a movie?
It really depends on the complexity of the production and budget. For example, an action movie will require many stunt performers, whereas a drama movie would not need any.
Avatar the movie we enjoyed watching, had 1,844 crew members in the Visual Effects Department only.
Movie screen credit may provide a benchmark for the number of participants required in creating a film, but this is not a reliable guide to the number of the production crew.