Research into the Production Time of Film Project Management: Taking Small-budget Films in China as an Example

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Xiaolu Lu
Hugo Yu-Hsiu Lee

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Presently, Chinese film has become industrialized while the production management system still being imperfect. Small-budget films account for the largest proportion of Chinese film output and the problems in production management, influence the development of the entire cultural industry. Among the problem, the waste of time caused by production management emerges endlessly. In this article, in-depth interviews with nine veterans in the industry and multiple case studies using six small-cost film crews for practical observations are combined. The time control problem in small-cost films is explained from the perspective of project time elements for the first time. Two phases of the preparatory period and the shooting period in the production are studied, analyzed and summarized by virtue of the Gantt Chart and the Critical Path Mapping to expand the theoretical framework of project time management in this field.

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