This week with Roy is about roles of producers and professional practice.
According to Prospect website, responsibilities of a TV/film/video producers, I’ll need:
- read, research and assess ideas and finished scripts
- secure the finance for a new production
- commission writers or secure the rights to novels, plays or screenplays
- hire key staff, including a director and a crew to shoot programmes, films or videos
- pull together all the strands of creative and practical talent involved in the project to create a team
- liaise and discuss projects with financial backer(s) – projects can range from a small, corporate video costing £500, to a multimillion-pound-budget Hollywood feature film
- control the production’s budget and allocate resources
- organise shooting schedules – dependent on the type of producer role and availability of support staff
- hold regular meetings with the director to discuss characters and scenes
- act as a sounding board for the director
- troubleshoot problems that arise during production
- ensure compliance with relevant regulations, codes of practice and health and safety laws
- supervise the progress of the project from production through to post-production
- deliver the finished production on time and to budget.
Skills that I’ll need to have:
- confidence in my ability
- strong communication and people skills
- editorial judgement
- presentation and pitching skills
- negotiation skills
- strong time and resource management skills
- organisation and planning skills
- creative ability
- the ability to cope well under pressure
- commercial awareness and a good head for figures
- self-motivation and the ability to motivate others
- leadership skills.
Most importantly, I need to be aware of health and safety issues in the workplace and understand the industry regulations and codes of practice.
SCREENSKILLS works with the UK’s screen-based creative industries to develop skills and talent, from classroom to boardroom.
They are the UK-wide strategic skills body that works with employers, individuals, trade associations, unions, learning and training providers, Government and its public agencies and other key organisations to ensure that the UK’s Creative Industries have continued access now, and in the future, to the skills and talent the require.
They support skills and training for people and businesses to ensure the UK Creative Industries maintain their world class position. We do this by influencing and shaping policy, ensuring quality and by securing the vital investment for individuals to become the best in their field and for businesses to grow.
A producer I really admire is Charlie Brooker. He is the creator, writer and producer of Emmy Award Winner Black Mirror. Prior, he took the same role for Dead Set, it was nominated for the Best Drama Serial in 2009 BAFTA. Later, he received many awards for his comedy show Newswipe from 2009 to 2012. Another show of his, Wipe (2016) won a BAFTA in 2017. Last but not least, he won the Columnist of the Year award at the British Press Award in 2009. He was also a radio presenter at BBC Radio 4. One of the reasons why I appreciate this man is because he wasn’t always perfect as he states on the Guardian (2011) “I took media studies. And I failed to graduate, thanks entirely to my decision to write a 15,000-word dissertation on the subject of videogames, without bothering to check whether that was a valid topic, which it wasn’t. Forward planning isn’t my strong point.” this signifies his organisation skills was his weakness. However, he does have a potential of being a good producer as he later cites “the most valuable thing you get from education is a space in which you can make friends, gain experience, and figure a few things out.” these are the signs of a good producer as he has good creative and people skills at an early stage of his career. He also have that good confidence in his ability and great self-motivation, as he mentions “even so, success is always possible if you forget about “success” as a concept – it’s hopelessly amorphous anyway – and focus instead on doing what satisfies you, as well as you can.” He didn’t just motivated himself to become a better person, he also motivated me, and hopefully you! Nobody is perfect in this world but it’s good to try your best to be one because that’s what make you perfect.
BROOKER, C. 2011. Poor A-levels? Don’t despair. Just lie on job application forms. The Guardian [viewed date: 05/11/2019]. Available from: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/aug/21/charlie-brooker-a-level-results