What do movie producers do?. I know it’s a simple question and a bit self-explanatory but I’ve often found that people struggle to provide a satisfactory answer.
Let us take an example of a beast of a film known as ‘The Revenant‘ which was written and directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu. As much as 19 different producers are credited for this epic Masterpiece including Mr. Alejandro himself.
What does this tell us? Does a movie requires more than one producer for its production?. The answer to that question is: it depends. But in almost all films you will find more than one producer on movie credits. Film making is a massive task and to manage the scale and scope of it all, you require many people who are managing and overseeing the various tasks such as Casting, Screenplay, Marketing, distribution, etc . These people are collectively known as Producers.
Have you ever wondered while watching the Academy Awards that the people receiving the award for the best picture are the producers of the film, not the director or any other member of the cast.
Let’s do something old-fashioned and try to find the term “Movie Producers” in a Dictionary . “A Movie producer is someone who oversees the production of a movie, they could be independent or appointed by a Large production house ”. Well, that doesn’t really explain anything, does it? . Let’s first look at various types of titles credited for a film’s production work.
Producer: Someone who manages the entire pre-production(hiring of the entire cast and crew), production (filming), and postproduction (editing and marketing) of a movie. He or she is the shepherd who watches over the entire production of the film.
Executive Producer: Someone who provides at least 25% of the film’s budget and may or may not be involved with entire production of the film.