Produced by… is an A-to-Z guide to producing movies, whether they are large-budget studio-backed productions or low-budget and mid-budget independents. Logically organized to follow a film’s usual timeline from conception to birth, this completely revised and updated edition of Lazarus’s The Film Producer, includes thorough discussions of:
DEVELOPMENT: Acquisition of materials, choosing and working with writers, working with agents, working with studios, financing outside the studio system
PREPRODUCTION: Roles and duties of the film crew and the producer’s team, budgeting, casting, shooting schedules
PRODUCTION: Managing the movie and its budget, choosing and working with a director, production politics
POSTPRODUCTION: Postproduction process, postproduction budget and schedule, editor’s cut, director’s cut, resolving creative disagreements
MARKETING: Understanding the many facets of domestic and foreign distribution, developing and implementing marketing strategies, doing market research, previews, advertising, using the Internet.
…and many, many other essential topics.
“Produced by… is an invaluable tool kit for anyone wanting to navigate their entertainment career to a successful landing.”
—Peter Guber, Chairman and CEO, Mandalay Entertainment Group
“This is an excellent roadmap for an aspiring producer or entertainment industry exec looking for guidance in a business which typically has no real ‘rules’.”
—Jim Wiatt, Chairman and CEO, The William Morris Agency