What Role Does a Producer Play? – The Film Fund
Producers play a critical role in your film, especially during the pre-production stages, but it’s also important to remember what they do during production.
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role of the producer
Generally speaking, the producer is responsible for supervising all steps of production. They are often the people who purchase the rights to produce the film, make sure production schedules are followed, and oversee the editing of the project after filming is complete.
Let’s look more specifically at information about producers and the different types of producers (because there are many!), check out one of our previous blog posts that features nineteen different types of movie producers.
For today, though, we’re going to focus on what a producer does while on set.
role of producer: during production
During production, the producer upholds a business approach to production.
He or she will serve as a resource for people on set, such as the director, cinematographer, and production designer, although they will not be required to play a direct role in those departments.
They will also be responsible for coming up with a budget plan and production schedule, usually while working with a line producer (a line producer on a film is the person responsible for overseeing the budget).
Throughout production, it’s your job to make sure production stays on schedule and within budget constraints. they will also be the ones to approve the locations for the filming and will also approve the changes that must be made during the filming.
Lastly, your producer will be someone your cast and crew go to with any questions. they’ll be able to manage the production on a commercial level, but they’ll also be able to provide creative direction to any cast and crew that need help.
do the producers work on set?
Because producers tend to work from a more business than creative side of production, they do not always have to be on set.
Producers often visit sets and oversee filming firsthand, but their presence is not always necessary.
A producer must be a good problem solver, therefore they tend to spend a lot of time in their office, making sure things like the budget and schedule are kept in order.
If issues arise in these areas, it’s your job to fix them, so it’s imperative that you stay available and up-to-date on what’s been happening on set.
After the filming is over, they also don’t need to be in the office where the action is taking place. in fact, since they will determine marketing and distribution strategies, it is unlikely and unrealistic to think that they could be with the publishers at all times.
What is likely, however, is that the producer oversees the editing process, making sure everything goes according to plan.
small sets vs. large sets
It can be said that the producer is the backbone of a production; without them, the production would not be able to get off the ground.
On a big set, they’re like the big boss, fulfilling their responsibilities wherever they’re needed.
Because there are more hands on a big production, it allows a producer to be on set less, even if there are more responsibilities. because he or she will have more crew members if needed, they have the ability to delegate responsibilities if they wish.
this is tested on a smaller set.
A producer working on a smaller set is the person who is, or should be, overseeing every little part of the production. from the point where the project picks up to the point where the movie is shown on the big screen, the producer will most likely be there on a smaller set.
Although the producer is supposed to be there for his cast and crew no matter the size or scale of a film, it is much more possible on a small set.
Because there are fewer cast and crew members on a smaller set, it’s becoming easier for a producer to cultivate and nurture a relationship with their crew.
so there will be a lot more support on a smaller set compared to a larger set where the producer will likely be on set for a lot less time.
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