Chapter 12

What People Do, and Who They Do It With

Making a movie is collaborative but not democratic. Collaboration means working with everyone to get the best out of them, all for the sake of the movie. There must be one vision. That vision is almost always best served when it is the director’s vision, as the director controls what is shot, how it is shot, and how it is put together. Once the producer finds the material and the financing, his or her job is to do whatever it takes to support the project. This can include finding the right director, interesting the best cast, and creating an atmosphere on set where the vision is supported by an organized and productive cast, staff, and crew. In postproduction the producer’s job is to be sure ...

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