What does a producer do?
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 10:00 PM
If you've ever seen a movie, and it's hard to imagine there's someone who hasn't, you've seen the phrase "Produced by" then somebody's name up on the screen. So what does a movie "Producer" do?
One of the definitions I found on the internet was "A person responsible for the financial and administrative aspects of a stage, film, television, or radioproduction; the person who exercises general supervision of a production and is responsible chiefly for raising money, hiring technicians and artists, etc.,required to stage a play, make a motion picture, or the like") . It's that little "etc" I want to tell you about today.
But first, here's my abbreviated definition of this particular Producer's job: "A person who is responsible for finding all the people, places and props needed to make the movie". Once that is done I turn the actual filming of the movie over to the Director who is then responsible for most of what you see and hear on the screen.
Last Saturday we re-filmed several pieces of scenes in our picture which had "Lighting" problems discovered during "Editing". The scenes take place in the kid's bedroom but the original location was no longer available so this Producer had to find another location. Once that was done, aside from making sure the actors and film crew knew where the new location was, here's a copy of my "needs list", obviously in no particular order.
Two window draperies, crayons, clothes hangers, burse, face make-up, mirror, small chair, shop vac, dresser, night stand, lamp, Ellie, stuffed dolls, door mud, mud rag, extension bar, mattress', two blankets, flashing lights, door knob, extension cord, tape, drawings, fake window, two light bulbs, auxiliary power unit and a box of tools.
Since we have no budget we let the actors find their own basic clothing while most of the props are donated or loaned. So for this particular scene aside from previously buying the Auxiliary Power Unit ($100-plus) and Camera Equipment ($3,000-plus) we only had to purchase the draperies ($5.35)
Philip Demoret, our Director, Cameraman, Script writer-plus, and I visited the new "Set" three times before the day of filming and the last of the items listed above was located 2hrs before the "shoot".
When you see the movie all the people, places and props will collectively take-up about 10 minutes on the screen. But such is the movie business.
'Til next time ... that's a wrap.
Dick Munro is the executive producer of the Montgomery County movie.