Life of the film producer; part 6Document Transcript
LIFE OF THE FILM PRODUCER; PART 6 PRE-PRODUCTION"Everything begins with the written word. An idea may spring up in a number of ways, but amovie begins to take shape when words are put on paper." Keeping this in mind, it is not a hardrealization that one of the most significant responsibilities that a producer has is selecting ascreenwriter for their film.” Most of the time, a writer is hired by the producer, because he is familiar with the work in question. The parameters must be clearly understood by both the writer and the producer so as not to create problems later on in the project. The writer to be given the freedom to explore various options that may arise within the script that concern both the plot and the characters. The producer must of course remain involved in this process, through a mutual relationship between the producer and the writer. Normally the first draft of the script will be completed approximately 16 weeks after the writer begins. Once the first draft is completed, the task of the producer is to read the script and make suggestions on how to improve the story. In addition to making suggestions about the plot or characters, it is the producers job to be the financial supervisor of the script. Trims may be necessary. The exceptions are when the work is original. The directors may feel that it will be beneficial to keep the screenwriter. Preproduction is the precursor for production of a film, and lays the foundation for both the creative and financial aspects of the film. It is important to specify the goals and objectives of the project during preproduction to ensure that all members of the production team agree on the purpose of the project. The second step: Audience appeal will need to be discussed in further detail. These estimations can be quite complicated; estimations can help to determine the best format for conveying information to reach target audiences and assuring program effectiveness. Studios generally hire them and independent producers to run things to make sure daily processes are on time and within budget. The production manager will break down the script and lay out the blueprint for the film on a production board. Upon completion of the production board, the producer will be able to determine when each actor will be working during the course of the filming.
THE PRODUCTION PROCESS Production is the time when all the collaborative efforts of the crew start to become visualized and concrete. Production management is crucial in maintaining an effective film production. Supervision Acquisition Scheduling of staff Equipment Facilities for the production. This helps the producer to estimate the budget and time needed to shoot specific scenes of the film. The breakdown will tell the producer such as certain props are needed and when the actors need to be on set. After the breakdown is complete: Detail props Costumes Actors EquipmentA producer will further be able to determine a shooting schedule in which the total number ofdays needed to shoot the project can be determined.