The producer who is frequently the first person to become involved in a project oversees the process, which includes coordinating, supervising and controlling major aspects of the project; this includes hiring key roles such as the casting director or film director. Producers also oversee the overall conditions for making the movie.

Film production process

Pre-production: Producers typically bring together the key members of the creative team, including the Director, Cinematographer and principal cast. They also assist the Executive Producers to raise finance for the production. Once all this is in place they then select other key staff roles including line Producer, Associate Producer and Production Manager, as well as the remaining Heads of Departments, such as Production Designer, Editor and Composer.
Production- Producers are expected to do day to day operations of the producing team. Producers are also in constant communication and consultation with the director and many other staff which may be on or off set. Producers are in control of approving all script changes and cost reports.
Post-production- Producers are expected to interact with the post-production staff who include the editor, composer and visual effects staff. They are then to consult with all the creative and financial staff on the production of the final print and they are usually involved with the financial and distribution of the finished film.

Skills required

Producers must be good businessmen, strategists, motivators, negotiators and creative visionaries, with the ability to spot, and deal with, potential problems before they materialise, and do whatever it takes to get the film made.
They need an extensive knowledge of cinematic narrative, and a thorough understanding of all the creative processes of filmmaking, including screenwriting, directing, editing, and composing music.
They must know how to: prepare a budget for the production; secure financial resources for the production; control the overall planning of the production; ensure compliance with regulations and codes of practice; select crews and suppliers to meet production requirements; identify and select supporting artistes and contributors; control production expenditure; monitor and control the progress of productions; and supervise the edit of a completed film.
They need to be excellent communicators, able to act decisively under enormous pressure. As a supervisor and enabler of creative people, they are expected to be able to plan, inspire, supervise and delegate. Producers have a legal responsibility, under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, to prepare health and safety procedures for the workplace. They must identify hazards, assess the risks, and develop procedures to control the risks. They must also review the procedures, and check that they are effective in the workplace.


As the originator of such a large project as a film production there is no predetermined route to becoming a Film Producer. A number of colleges offer courses in film producing; however, it is impossible to master all the necessary skills by study alone. To convince financiers to part with their money, Producers must demonstrate a successful track record in film production. Typically, they have substantial film industry experience, and have worked as a Co-Producer, Line Producer, Associate Producer or Distributor, before progressing to the role of Producer. Producers should also undertake approved industry Health and Safety courses, as this is ultimately their responsibility.
There is no strict training required to be a producer, but many film producers obtain education at a university or through the on-the-job experience in preperation for their chosen feid. Within Australia SAE institute is registered as a higher education provider, this degree explores all the creative and technical elements of film making. This course is an intensive two years training, which at the end of this degree allows one to embark knowledge for producing a film.This course is available in Melbourne, along with this course there are other courses at Universities and tafes in Melbourne including Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Swinburne University of Technology, Deakin University and University of Melbourne.


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Film production equipment and supplies can include a wide variety of products, including:
  • lighting systems,
  • cameras,
  • films
  • lenses

Don Simpson
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Don Simpson is one of the most highly regarded creative forces in the entertainment industry and one of the most successful producers of all time. He is known for producing such hits as Flashdance,Top Gun and The Rock.
In 1985 and again in 1988, he and his producing partner,Jerry Bruckheimer, were named Producers of the Year by the National Association of Theatre Owners.

Jerry Bruckheimer

Jerry Bruckheimer is a famous American TV and film producer, he is best known to have most success in the genres drama,
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action and science fiction. His most known TV series include for CSI: Crime scene investigation,CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Eleventh Hour, Without a Trace, Cold Case, The Amazing Race and Dark Blue. His best known films include Beverly Hills Cop, Top Gun, The Rock, Con Air, Coyote Ugly, Crimson Tide, Armageddon, Enemy of the State, Gone in 60 Seconds, Black Hawk Down, Pearl harbor and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Many of his films were produced by Paramount and Disney, while many of his television series were co-produced by Warner Bros.

Penny Marshall
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Penny Marshall is a famous American Actor, Director and Producer. She begun as an Actress, and progressed into directing films such a Big, which was the first movie directed by a women to gross of $100 million at the US box office. In more recent years she has produced Cinderella Man, and Bewitched, also episodes of According to Jim.