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20 Dec 2017
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By Maslow
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4 Production Lessons Gleaned from “It’s a Wonderful Life”

“Concentrate.”

That’s what head angel Joseph urges Angel 2nd Class Clarence Oddbody as they review the life of George Bailey, the enduring hero of Frank Capra’s 1946 holiday gem, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

You may think that this perennial favorite and tearjerker may have absolutely nothing to do with your business, organization, or studio. But – concentrate. As Joseph says, “soon you’ll be able to see all by yourself.”

Here are just four production lessons you can learn from “It’s a Wonderful Life:” 

 

  • “Each man’s life touches so many others, and when he isn’t around, he leaves an awful hole.”

Clarence’s eye-opening advice for George remains one of the great driving principles of life.

Nowhere, perhaps, is this more accurate than on a film or television set, in which every production crew member – creative and technical – must work in unison at the highest of levels in order to deliver a quality product.

Consider this: “It’s a Wonderful Life” would not have graced the silver screen, not to mention every home and television with each passing December, if it were not for the entire filmmaking crew – from Capra himself to the boom mic operator.

Avoid an “awful hole” in your production. Make certain you have the best crew possible by enlisting the services of a top-notch staffing agency. Find someone that can provide temporary production crew members, full-time direct placements, or even assemble an entire crew from the ground up, and make the magic happen.

 

  • Conflict is guaranteed. Don’t give into it. George Bailey’s antithesis, the miserly bank owner Mr. Potter, lords over the idyllic Bedford Falls like an unrepentant Scrooge, grasping at every opportunity to buy low, sell high, and place another middle-class citizen under his heel.

He’s the extreme, for sure – but also a prime example of an authoritative force that does not waver when penalizing mistakes, innocent or not.

When spearheading a film production with multiple moving parts and production crew members, adversity is not a possibility, it is an absolute.

Issues such as tax law compliance and independent contractor misclassification can lead to severe legal entanglement if not handled properly. Equip yourself with the right tools to sidestep these predicaments entirely.

Hiring an Employer of Record can help your production stay on target with human resources, freelance and contractor management, and quality control services.

 

  • Don’t entrust your funds to an eccentric whose best friend is a crow. In the film’s penultimate scenes, the endearing, if absent-minded Uncle Billy misplaces a deposit totaling $8,000, landing George Bailey in the hot seat, and placing the beautiful old Building and Loan in imminent jeopardy.

Don’t just stuff your funds in an envelope and hope for the best. Hire a professional, hand off all administrative, legal, and tax burdens associated with Payroll, and put your mind at ease.

From customized billing and reporting to electronic time cards, a Payroll firm can ensure that your employees are paid on time, without fail, while taking point on the myriad responsibilities associated with dollar signs.

 

  • “Remember, no man is a failure who has friends.”

The bottom line? You have friends at Maslow Media Group.

 

Contact us. We’ll ensure your production is a success.

 

 

 

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Written by Maslow