As many of you know, I’m an actor.
I get my casting call notice, learn my lines, show up prepared to audition, deliver a performance, and then go home and wait to hear if I booked the role.
If, and when, I book it, I then read the full version of the script I’ve been sent, develop my character and memorize my lines.
I’ll then show up to set on the dates that I’m called, deliver my performance, and go home and wait for the finished product to come out.
And that’s about it.
While, yes, that does seem like a lot of work and trust me, it is, it is nothing compared to producing.
A producer oversees the film’s production.
They are the person in charge of it all, and that’s a lot bigger job than I originally thought.
When you’re an actor, you act.
When you’re a producer, you do everything.
My co-columnist, April Barbe, is a producer, but she’s deceptive because she makes it look easy.
Recently, my production team has begun work on a new untitled horror short film that we will shoot in early 2020.
I’m the executive producer, and I also came up with the concept of the film and am helping with the writing.
We started the project by getting together and putting the pen to the paper. I gave the storyline I wanted, and my production partner ran with it and knocked the 10-minute-long script out in a few days.
Ok, so we’ve got a script.
Up next, we have to find our locations, which includes scouting for days, if not weeks, to find the spots that have the desired look we’re going for and make sure we have permission to film there. If we weren’t doing this ourselves, we’d have to hire a location scout to complete this task.
Then, we have to assemble a crew to shoot the film.
A good crew is the most important part of filmmaking and they can make or break your movie.
So, we look through our contacts and decide who we want to work on our project.
We’ll need to hire a director and an assistant director first, then a director of photography, then make sure we have a lighting team, sound team, wardrobe team, and a hair and makeup team.
We’ll also need craft services so no one goes hungry on set, gaffers, several productions assistants, a script supervisor, a stunt coordinator if needed, and possible security guards to keep everyone safe.
Depending on our budget, we may also need to have trailers brought in for our talent to dress in and restrooms if working ones aren’t available.
If we’re traveling to the set, hotel accommodations for our cast and crew are also something we have to handle, as well as catering in meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Once we’ve got the film shot, we’ll send it off to our editor that we’ll hire, and they’ll complete the project for us.
After we have a final copy, we’ll begin the hunt for film festivals to get our work of art out there to the masses, or we could skip that and release it online but we like the film festival circuit.
Each and every person working on a film set is a vital part of the finished project, and each person’s job is hard, but I have found that none are as hard as that of the producer’s.
Producing is hard, y’all, and because I’ve jumped “behind the camera,” so to speak, I’ve developed an even bigger respect for them than I currently had.
I tip my acting cap to those behind the scenes. Without you, no scene can make it to the screen.