Film Producer








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:

  • fundraising
  • 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
  • fundraises
  • 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?
  • observant?
  • creative?
  • visually aware?
  • a peoples’ person?
  • confident?
  • 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. 


  • 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.

  • AFDA

A film school which offers courses and degrees in all aspect of film making.


Is an NGO which will assist you to get into the film industry.



OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Casting Director … or … Advertising Manager 

Is becoming a Film Director the right choice for me?