Filmcraft - Producing -

15.07.2013 19:54

FilmCraft - Producing - by Geoffrey Macnab and Sharon Swart

 

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Responsible for hiring all members of cast and crew from the director onwards, the producer’s role is central to the making of any film and responsibilities can include everything from script development to securing financing to masterminding a film’s marketing campaign. While few film producers are household names, they wield a degree of control that only the biggest name directors can aspire to. As with all of the FilmCraft titles, this book is based on new indepth interviews and features such greats as Tim Bevan, Marin Karmitz, Jeremy Thomas, Jon Kilik, Lauren Shuler Donner, Jan Chapman, and Peter Aalbæk Jensen.

What exactly does a producer do? Of all the titles you see as the credits roll at the opening and close of a film, this is probably the most ambiguous. Clearly the role is an important one – no one’s really sure exactly what the ‘key grip’ does either, but then they don’t get their name in big letters as the film opens, and of course by Academy Award rules, the producer is the only person who can receive an Oscar for best picture. So what does the producer do?

That’s what the latest book in our FilmCraft series set out to explore, and though it turns out to be a pretty hard question to answer, the authors, Geoffrey Macnab & Sharon Swart have done a pretty good job of it judging from the reviews that are starting to roll in.

And it’s a question that fascinates. The Pittsburgh Tribune took a look at book and were so intrigued they did a whole feature on it, interviewing author Sharon Swart to get to the root of it:

The best producers do pretty much everything, Swart says. It’s a very collaborative process. They have to make sure all the positions are filled by the correct craftspeople and are being performed at a level that will bring the film to fruition in the right way. A good producer will always know what the film should look like, and never ever takes their eyes off that goal…”

Meanwhile, we were all thrilled by a glowing review from David W. Menefee for Bookpleasures.com, who writes:

This entertaining and enlightening book combines the research and writing of two great authors with images culled from the heart of Hollywood, and those elements—like shots from a movie—collide across the readers consciousness in a cataract.

If you thought producers were just the money-men (and women), think again. Producers are the ones pulling the strings behind the movie scenes, holding all the pieces together from start to finish. And if you really want to know, well there’s no easy answer to be found – but with its insights into twenty of film’s greatest producers, past and present, FilmCraft: Producing is probably the best place to begin!


The US edition of the book, as reviewed by the Pittsburgh Tribune & Bookpleasures.com, is published by our friends at Focal Press. Rest assured it contains exactly the same fabulous content as the UK edition

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What exactly does a producer do? Of all the titles you see as the credits roll at the opening and close of a film, this is probably the most ambiguous. Clearly the role is an important one – no one’s really sure exactly what the ‘key grip’ does either, but then they don’t get their name in big letters as the film opens, and of course by Academy Award rules, the producer is the only person who can receive an Oscar for best picture. So what does the producer do?

That’s what the latest book in our FilmCraft series set out to explore, and though it turns out to be a pretty hard question to answer, the authors, Geoffrey Macnab & Sharon Swart have done a pretty good job of it judging from the reviews that are starting to roll in.

And it’s a question that fascinates. The Pittsburgh Tribune took a look at book and were so intrigued they did a whole feature on it, interviewing author Sharon Swart to get to the root of it:

“The best producers do pretty much everything,” Swart says. “It’s a very collaborative process. They have to make sure all the positions are filled by the correct craftspeople and are being performed at a level that will bring the film to fruition in the right way. A good producer will always know what the film should look like, and never ever takes their eyes off that goal…”

Meanwhile, we were all thrilled by a glowing review from David W. Menefee for Bookpleasures.com, who writes:

‘This entertaining and enlightening book combines the research and writing of two great authors with images culled from the heart of Hollywood, and those elements—like shots from a movie—collide across the reader’s consciousness in a cataract.’

If you thought producers were just the money-men (and women), think again. Producers are the ones pulling the strings behind the movie scenes, holding all the pieces together from start to finish. And if you really want to know, well there’s no easy answer to be found – but with its insights into twenty of film’s greatest producers, past and present, FilmCraft: Producing is probably the best place to begin!




GEOFFREY MACNAB writes on film for the Independent, the Guardian, Sight & Sound and Screen International. He is the author of Screen Epiphanies; Ingmar Bergman: The Life and Films of the Last Great European Auteur; The Making of Taxi Driver; Key Moments in Cinema; Searching for Stars: Stardom and Screen Acting in British Cinema; and J. Arthur Rank and the British Film Industry.

SHARON SWART is a writer and consultant with more than 15 years of experience covering the entertainment industry as a staff editor for Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. At Variety, she edited the publication's respected "10 to Watch" lists of emerging directors, screenwriters, and producers. She has served on film festival juries, including Sundance, and sits on the Board of Directors of humanitarian organization, FilmAid International

GEOFFREY MACNAB writes on film for the Independent, the Guardian, Sight & Sound and Screen International. He is the author of Screen Epiphanies; Ingmar Bergman: The Life and Films of the Last Great European Auteur; The Making of Taxi Driver; Key Moments in Cinema; Searching for Stars: Stardom and Screen Acting in British Cinema; and J. Arthur Rank and the British Film Industry.

SHARON SWART is a writer and consultant with more than 15 years of experience covering the entertainment industry as a staff editor for Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. At Variety, she edited the publication's respected "10 to Watch" lists of emerging directors, screenwriters, and producers. She has served on film festival juries, including Sundance, and sits on the Board of Directors of humanitarian organization, FilmAid International. - See more at: http://www.ilex-press.com/books/filmcraft-producing/#sthash.A9DdG8Cg.dpuf

 

GEOFFREY MACNAB writes on film for the Independent, the Guardian, Sight & Sound and Screen International. He is the author of Screen Epiphanies; Ingmar Bergman: The Life and Films of the Last Great European Auteur; The Making of Taxi Driver; Key Moments in Cinema; Searching for Stars: Stardom and Screen Acting in British Cinema; and J. Arthur Rank and the British Film Industry.

SHARON SWART is a writer and consultant with more than 15 years of experience covering the entertainment industry as a staff editor for Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. At Variety, she edited the publication's respected "10 to Watch" lists of emerging directors, screenwriters, and producers. She has served on film festival juries, including Sundance, and sits on the Board of Directors of humanitarian organization, FilmAid International. - See more at: http://www.ilex-press.com/books/filmcraft-producing/#sthash.A9DdG8Cg.dpuf

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