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Life of the film producer; part 6


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Life of the film producer; part 6

  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2. 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.