Movie Director by wuyunqing


									Movie Director

By: Desiree Martinez
annual salary    $101,000.00
monthly salary     $8,416.67

savings                 10%     $841.67
house                  30%     $2,525.00
car                     10%     $841.67
miscellaneous          40%     $3,366.67
retirement              10%     $841.67
                       100%    $8,416.67
              Job Description
When most people think of a producer, they think of a
Hollywood mogul: a fat cat driving a luxury
automobile, chomping on a cigar, and barking orders
into a cell phone.
In reality, producers are hard-working, creative
businesspeople who bring teams together to achieve a
common goal.
Film, television, and radio producers hire crew and
talent, determine the treatment of the script, schedule
production, and find financing.
            Job Description
In film and television, there are usually three
phases of production: pre-production,
production, and post-production.
Producers often work on a project from the first
seeds of creation to the completion and sale of
the product.
             Job Description
During pre-production, producers write budgets,
consult with the writers, and hire the director,
cast, and production crew.
Whether it’s a movie, documentary, or television
sitcom, producers have to be in-tune with what
their audiences want to see or hear.
They must also have a good knowledge of the
costs involved in making it happen.
              Job Description
Time is always tight for a producer, particularly
during the production, or filming, phase.
Time is money, and things like bad weather during a
location shoot can set a production back for days and
cost the production a lot of extra money.
Producers also have to deal with artistic differences on
the set and handle any technical problems that may
             Job Description
It is the producer’s job to set deadlines and
enforce them, often to the dismay of the creative
team, who like to take their time and ponder
artistic decisions.
Producers cajole, push, and motivate a whole
team of people towards a single common goal.
They see the "big picture" and know that each
person's job is valuable to the cause.
             Job Description
During post-production, producers oversee
editing, the creation of sound and special effects
and, if necessary, may have parts of the
production be re-shot.
They also plan marketing and distribution
deals and start promotion of the product.
            Job Description
A producer often has the final word, but must
report to the higher power of the executive
producer, who controls the purse strings.
An executive producer's job is to find the money
to make projects happen.
They are only as good as their last hit, so they
often have a stable of projects in development,
hoping to produce the next “Titanic” or
           Working Conditions
Producers need to be hard-working, driven people.
They are responsible for managing a team of technical
personnel, “creative types,” and business people.
As such, they work long hours, typically 12-hour
days, up to 70 hours a week.
During a shoot, when the team is in production, they
often work longer hours and into the weekend.
Many times the producer is the first to work and the
last to leave.
          Working Conditions
It’s an exciting career, but it’s also exhausting.
Financing falls through, directors quit, shows
get cancelled.
Producers have to be problem solvers as well as
eternal optimists.
         Working Conditions
Producers are the people with whom companies
or investors entrust their money.
In return they are expected to create a quality
product that will make a profit.
This places a great deal of stress on the
producer, as even a single failure can make it
difficult to find work in the future
          Working Conditions
Film and television producers may have to
travel quite a bit.
They are often needed on location to monitor
production and may have to visit investors,
distributors, or sponsors to make sales pitches
Producers work for television, radio, theater, and film
production companies.
They may work on a contract basis, which means they
work on a specific project for a set amount of money,
or they may get a percentage of a show's earnings or
ticket sales.
Some producers are self-employed and finance their
own productions.
In these cases, their earnings are tied directly to the
success of the show.
Producers earn salaries based on their level of
experience, the size and scope of the project they
are working on, and whether they are employed
by a company or are working freelance.
As such, annual income varies widely from one
producer to the next.
The average salary for producers and directors
is approximately $46,000 a year, with most
earning somewhere between $23,000 and
However, the amount you make depends on
your level of expertise and the industry you are
working in.
Most producers start out as assistants, their income
increasing as they work their way up the ladder.
Average annual earnings for assistant producers is
around $30,000 a year.
This increases to around $60,000 a year for
producers and $100,000 for executive producers
working on contract at production companies.
Top film producers can earn in excess of $1,000,000
a year.
The industry you work in also affects your
Those who work in television or radio, for
example, tend to earn less than those working
on big budget motion pictures.
The median annual income for producers and
directors in the motion picture and video
industries is $56,000, while in radio and
television broadcasting it is about $38,000.
A college degree or diploma is not
absolutely necessary, but some post-
secondary training in business or finance is
The ability to write and communicate ideas
is essential, as is a deep understanding of
the industry you are working in.
Business training is especially useful, as
it can help producers develop a better
understanding of project management,
budgeting, and contract negotiations.
These tasks are the core responsibilities of
Diplomas or degrees in the performing arts,
broadcasting, and theatre production can also be
These types of programs can increase producers’
understanding of the artistic and technical aspects of
the business.
This understanding is important as producers’ success
depends on their ability to pick the right projects to
work on, and to hire the right people to work with.
On-the-job experience in technical and
lower-level production positions in film,
TV, theatre, or radio is another asset for
budding producers.
By watching directors, producers, crew,
and talent at work, they can gain an
understanding of the business that
academic training may not be able to
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