Producing can be a dream job for those intent on details, keeping a multitude of balls in the air, connecting and coordinating with everyone involved with a production and piles of paperwork. Totally fulfilling if you like all this and can do it with a pleasant disposition! Everyone ought to experience it at least once, but not necessarily in the lead position unless these are natural traits, the production will suffer tremendously if the right person is not in place.
Great words from Andrew Carlberg, independent producer:
“Producing is incredibly fulfilling work, though it is also stressful, and not for the weak-willed. It’s brutal. You are often the first person on the project and the last person to put it to rest. You have a duty to your directors and actors to shoulder any burden you can for them – for the clearer their headspace, the better your chances of a successful production. Production is a jungle. Enter the wilderness first and clear away as much brush as possible. Then let your cast and crew play.”
When I produced Family Law it was quite the learning experience. I learned that the producer must be able to delegate or be in charge of everything! The work flows from a central place, & that place is the producer. But , once the filming begins, stand back & let the pros handle their jobs. If you are also acting in piece you are producing, it is imperative to have in place good people to take over before your acting duties begin, otherwise both will suffer. You must be in control, but then be able to delegate & turn complete control over to the one who will fill your shoes.
Paula Wood was producer for Gary Voelker’s 168 Film project, Breaking. Not only did she have to handle everything imaginable to a production, but also on a strict deadline & dealing with folks from a several different states, long shooting days (& nights) and she did it all with an incredibly joyous perspective! When you’re good, you’re good! Paula, Gary, can’t wait for the next one!