What is a Film Producer?
A Film Producer is like an entrepreneur. They recognise a good a product and know how to successfully market it.
A Film Producer is usually the first person to initiate a film. The may also be involved inthe making of television programmes or advertisements.
WIth regard to a movie, they have sourced a story/book and then commission a scriptwriter to write a film script.
The Film Producer will work together with their chosen Film Director with regard to choosing the creative ‘look’ they want for the film.
A Film Producer also coordinates, supervises and controls:
- hiring key personnel
- arranging for distributors
The Film Producer, like the Film Director, is involved throughout all phases of the filmmaking process from development to completion of a project.
Famous Film Producers:
Walt Disney,George Lucas and Clint Eastwood
- The Film Producer has overall control of a film project.
- The Film Director actually makes the film.
What does a Film Producer do?
- finds the correct scriptwriter and director for the project
- discusses and collaborating what creative approach they will take
- prepares detailed financial package
- casts and hires staff
- manages the production team
- keeps a watchful eye over the whole proceedings (from start to finish and distribution)
- is in charge of marketing
Are you … ?
- risk taker?
- visually aware?
- a peoples’ person?
- a good manager and marketer?
- a multi-tasker?
- deadline driven?
- able to deal with stress?
How do I become a Film Producer?
- CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
- Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
- To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education.
- CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions.
- UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG
- TSHWANE UNIVERSITY
- SA FILM (News and Resources for SA Film Makers)
Lists institutions that offer training in film and video skills. Most, however, only offer Video training. There is no all-encompassing authority that regulates the standards of these schools at this point in time.
WARNING: Be very sure to ask exactly what they offer.
A film school which offers courses and degrees in all aspect of film making.
- FILM: FILM INDUSTRY LEANERSHIP MENTORSHIP
Is an NGO which will assist you to get into the film industry.
- BIG FISH SCHOOL OF DIGITAL FILM MAKING
Is becoming a Film Director the right choice for me?