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Art Direction for Film and Video, 2nd Edition by Robert Olson

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MEET THE PRODUCER AND THE DIRECTOR

The producer and the director generate the production and the style of a film and are the two most important people with whom the production designer and the art director work. They control the way the production begins and progresses. In this chapter we will see how to collaborate with the producer and the director and some questions to ask them.

THE PRODUCER

First, the producer needs a project to produce and may hire a writer to write a synopsis, option an already-written complete script, or may just have an idea to “pitch” to a studio or company.

Second, the producer needs money with which to produce his epic. He may have his own money, borrow from a bank, or assemble a group of backers who each provide ...

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