When I started at FAMU, my job was simply to supervise and coordinate student shoots of a one-year programme (that is about 30 short films per year). But during the first semester, I find out there is a need to teach our Production Team Studies students the basics of executive production.
I've been lucky to have Ondřej Zach as the Head of the department and he gave me a green light to start teaching. From a few hours in semester, I ended up teaching three different classes across the department, mentoring production students and consulting on most of FAMU International productions.
Over those 3 and half years I supervised, coordinated and consulted on over 100 short films, and in just the last one (2021) I managed to coordinate almost 50 shoots in just a 6-month long period with a cumulative production budget of about 5 million CZK. Most of those movies were shot on film material.
My responsibilities at FAMU included taking care of the budget, dealing with contractors, billing, coordinating individual shoots as well as intensive consultations with students to ensure they can shoot their movies within the limited budget they had. That couldn't happen without us being creative and it definitely couldn't happen without my Production Team Studies students who managed day-to-day operations for those movies.
When it comes to them, my classes covered the essential skills of production – dealing with location owners, actors and their agents, looking for crew, managing budget, doing the paperwork, handling logistics and then keeping the set running.
PS: I also studied the very same programme at the school back in 2015 and the movie above is one of those I produced.