The title “producer” is oft misinterpreted and misunderstood. In Hollywood, generally the title of Producer doesn’t necessarily mean they do what a real producer in smaller projects or commercial gigs would do. Generally speaking, they just liked a project and dumped some money into it. What does a real producer do? A lot, actually and it’s their responsibility to make sure that the budget doesn’t get broken… among other things. So if you’re given the title of Producer, here is how not to fuck it up.
In this excellent vlog by Valley Films, Jordan Anderson explains how he discovered (through actually doing it) what a producer actually is responsible for, and how to do a good job at being one. They also have a really great blog they posted along side this video that breaks down how not to fuck this up, so make sure you check that out there.
“Budgeting this film, isn’t the sexiest part of filmmaking, I know. In fact, it’s a pain in the Ass most days. But as the Producer, you have to stick with it. Put in the effort, put in the time. I wish you the best of luck in budgeting your film and producing it.”