Being a Television or Movie Producer is for anyone who has a penchant for micromanagement, is willing to find and secure funding, and has an eye for scripts that will work great on camera. The Producer has to be everything on the set. They need to review the scripts that are offered to them, find the money to fund everything, and then make sure that their staff get the job done as brilliantly as possible. There is no master’s degree in video production, but there are relevant fields that can help. Getting a bachelor’s in writing, management, the arts, acting, or similar areas can be a great way to prepare yourself.
A producer needs to plan their stories out and bring them to life. While different types of productions will require different skill sets, they all require the same general set of competency. A Television Producer will need to write material, edit it, create new material, shoot take after take, all while still producing for everything that they film from television commercials to standard programming. A Movie Producer will have these same tasks but will also need to add and edit graphics and credits to footage they have filmed. This is not to say that Producers run the show by themselves though. A good producer knows how to delegate. By working on acquiring tight staffing, talent recruitment, expert technical crews, and by overseeing budgeting early on, a producer can greatly improve the quality of their production piece while reducing work load on themselves.
One last vital piece of information is to work closely with writers. Every day on the set is expensive. Scripts need to be produced on time and fully edited by the time they hit the set. Producers need to coordinate with the writers and editors that they have hired to ensure that scripts are produced in a timely fashion.
Film/TV Producer Tasks
- Oversee budgeting, staffing, talent recruitment, and technical crews.
- Edit and add graphics and credits to footage.
- Create, write, produce, shoot, and edit television commercials and/or programs.
- Coordinate with writers and editors to produce timely pieces.