A film producer is responsible for overseeing the entire operations of a film. Some producers work independently or hired by the production company, and they plan and harmonise the different aspects of production including picking the script, as well as synchronising the various aspects of film production such as writing, editing and directing.
In theory, film producers have more control over a film as they have the power to choose the director and should be able to carry out a little of every aspect or at least know the basic process of every element in making a film.
More often than not, the producer would come up with the idea of the film. It might be due to the lack of confidence or talent in oneself, but the idea is shared with capable screenwriters in order to develop it into a full-fledged movie experience.
If a book or any other piece of media needs to be made into a film, producers buy the “option” to turn the said material into a movie.
An example for this would be when Kirk Douglas, father of Michael Douglas, bought the rights to turn the famous novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” into a play. But years later, Michael Douglas, instead of producing a play, brought in an experienced producer to work alongside him in order to create a feature-length movie. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest then went on to win numerous awards.
In the early stages of production, a producer is handed the task of developing the material to make it ready for production. After development, the film producer will then need to hire a director who should be able to understand the vision of the project.
During this time, the producer will also have to hire movie stars or actors. A big movie star will fetch enough money for production. With enough cash in hand, the producer will have to allocate a budget for each department. They’ll also have to supervise the use of said budget in these departments.
With the budget, stars and the director in place, the film producer will have to oversee the shooting process. But the producer’s role doesn’t end there.
After the movie is done being shot, the producer will need to stick to the project to oversee the post-production phase. These usually include processes such as editing, VFX, background music and audio.
With the film production done and dusted, the movie now needs to be well marketed to make the general audience rush into the cinemas.