One of the most important steps you’ll take and important decisions you’ll make during your filmmaking journey is finding your lead producer. The lead producer will be your film’s champion and will help you pull together all (or most) of the pieces to put a film together. Learning how to find a lead producer for your film is step one.
To find a lead producer for your film:
Look for someone multifaceted with plenty of entertainment industry relationships
Attend festivals and markets to learn more about producers and what they’re looking for
Pay attention to the trades to determine producer availability and appropriate match
Find a creative executive to help you get your foot in the door
Tiffany Boyle, President of Packaging and Sales at Ramo Law, helps clients package their films to include writers, producers, directors, talent, financing, and more. She has some poignant advice for screenwriters who are ready to take the next step in their filmmaking journey by finding a producer for their movie.
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In this blog, Tiffany explains where and how to find a lead producer for a film, plus the qualities to look for in whichever person you choose.
What Does a Film Producer Do?
A lead film producer’s job is to oversee film production and almost act like the movie manager, planning and coordinating all aspects of the process from script to screen.
Responsibilities include managing the schedule, budget, above-the-line and below-the-line crew, hiring, financing, and generally keeping the process running smoothly and efficiently.
What to Look for in a Film Producer
Tiffany added that the person you choose to be your lead producer doesn’t need to have all of the skills mentioned above because you will likely have multiple producers by the time the film is in production.
It’s easy to see why having this support at the onset of your film project is a game-changer.
Where to Find a Film Producer
She offered up her own firm’s strategy for finding producers and production partners. At Ramo Law, the team’s ability to keep and grow connections is integral to successfully packaging film projects for clients.
Attend Film Markets and Film Festivals
Writers can take the same approach by attending events like these early and often. You don’t want to wait until you need to utilize these connections to go out and try to make them; then, networking appears desperate and contrived.
Lucky for writers, the global pandemic made attending these festivals and markets more accessible – and affordable – than in previous years.
How to Find a Producer for Your Film
So now that you know where to look, how do you connect with a producer you’d like to work with? Tiffany told us that the secret is knowing who to call (hint: it’s not the producer) and when to do it.
Follow the Trades
Make it a habit to read the trades every day. Online publications including The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Deadline Hollywood, and Indiewire will help you stay informed on the latest news in the entertainment industry.
Search records by names or production companies for archived material to reveal what they’re working on and who they’re working with. Get to know the producers like it’s your job!
Find the Creative Executives
What does a creative executive at a production company do? A creative executive works for a studio or production company and is tasked with finding new material for the company to produce.
The lead producer holds so much weight in what happens next in the filmmaking process, so you want to find someone who believes in your screenplay as much as you do. With the proper research and preparation, you’ll find a producer and partner to champion your work and move your film forward on schedule and on budget.
Do your due diligence, network early and often, keep track of the trade news, and find creative executives to help get your foot in the door. With persistence, this process will pay off.
Let’s make a production of it,