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So you really want to produce

There’s a saying in Hollywood “But what I really want to do is direct,” apparently the ultimate aspiration of everyone on a movie set, or off one. But the Best Picture Award on Oscars night goes to the producers. This reflects the importance of producers in the studio system. Without producers no film gets financed or made.

We indies need producers too. Most of us producers on Shooting People are hyphenates.

The question: Is there anyone here whose primary aspiration is to produce?
Perhaps you have experience. Or perhaps you don’t, but this is your true ambition.

If so please get in touch.

  • I'm not interested in directing, and produce by preference.

    2 years ago
  • Producing is where I see my future. Getting into this game a lot later and being self taught has hampered me a lot and I really need to make a push over the coming 5 years. So far I've associate produced on a low budget feature and fully produced on a educational series for MZED. I've got a long way to go.

    2 years ago
  • I now produce also by preference, I only produce now. I used to direct, then I left the rat-race around 7 years ago as I was disheartened over distributors keeping the money... long story.
    So I set up a couple of businesses out of the film/media industry and realised just how much I love business.
    I was absolutely clueless when I made my previous films.

    I do honestly believe that any indie film maker should have just some basic knowledge of business, I know it would've helped me with my decisions back in the day. I think adding this to your arsenal helps give you a bit of an advantage.

    Sorry that was probably a bit off topic.

    1 year ago
  • I produce by preference also.

    1 year ago
  • I think there's a caveat to your question. When you say "direct", most people will not include art director or casting director, but they think Spielberg, Hitchcock.

    When you say "produce" however, people who are line producers include line producer (which isn't really what actors, directors and writers think of when you say producer.)

    If you include line producer as a kind of producer, then surely an art director should be listed as a kind of director.

    1 year ago
    • I'm not sure I agree, a line producer is pretty much what many of them do consider a producer - the boss who tells them when to turn up. The "producer" role kind of splits in two - raising and spending the money. Anyone just seeking finance and trying to get other people to do it for them to subsidise their dreams is unlikely to find them here :(

      The LP very much produces the film, they do the actualisation. But credits are so arbitrary! :-$

      1 year ago
    • @Paddy Robinson-Griffin
      Very true!

      1 year ago
    • @Lee 'Wozy' Warren Hey Wozy, not seen you around in a while, nice to see you again

      1 year ago
    • @Paddy Robinson-Griffin - Awakened by the death of our dear friend Dan :(

      1 year ago
  • At the level most emerging filmmakers need to work at, a Line Producer fulfils the essential functions.

    Once we have made a few films that have received recognition, or that could show investors we are ready to move to another level of funding, the other aspects of producing become more relevant.

    1 year ago
  • Producers come in a few different flavours. I imagine that most of the context in this conversation is about independent fiction features? In which case the producer, or quite often producers, own the film with or without obligations to other investors who may, when significant enough, be called executive or associate producers. Perhaps a bit like the difference between a General and Luetenant or Major Generals. A producer might delegate every creative and administrative element to subordinates, such as the director or line producer but ultimately the liability and control of everything belongs to the producer, together with profits or losses.

    But the above is about independent features. In broadcast television and the major studios the producer might be an employee of a corporate entity with board of directors. Such a producer is quite different to an independent producer. In television the use of terms like producer and editor, particularly when prefixed by the word 'series' or 'executive' has yet other meanings.

    In my own reality bubble as a share holding partner of a small independent production company, primarily involved in factuals with only occasionally drama or dramatic elements thrown into the mix, I'm a Producer; because I'm only morally answerable to my share holders and the law of the land. Because I'm also very often hands on with projects, often writing, directing and line producing and sometimes DOPing, narrating and making the tea as well, I can call myself a 'creative director'; and I do.

    This is just an industry, a business, it's not the army or the judiciary or any other kind of legally defined hierarchy. We can call ourselves anything we want, and there's the rub, we do.

    1 year ago
    • I meant that I can call myself a 'creative producer' not creative director; there ought not be any other kind of director.

      1 year ago