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Making a movie requires a lot of resources – from cameras and lights to costumes and props.  Throughout the world, various companies and individuals specialize in selling and renting the equipment and materials used by the film industry every day. Production Managers, Production Coordinators and department heads work with vendors every day, making them an integral part of the movie making team.
In this module, learn how to find qualified vendors in your shooting area, manage relationships with vendors, the financial workflow from purchase orders to invoices, and tips to making sure you get the resources you need on set.
Get the skills to manage the people and companies who provide the support for your movie.


  • 18:34 video that walks you through every step of working with a vendor
  • Illustrated companion guide
  • Downloadable Forms
    • Equipment Rental Log
    • Purchase Order Template
    • Purchase Order Extension
    • Purchase Order Log


  • How to find qualified vendors in the area in which you're shooting
  • How to get the best deal for your rentals
  • The accounting process for working with vendors
  • When vendors need for a smooth transaction
  • Guidelines for working with rented equipment


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