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The Film Producer

The film producer is usually considered to be the person in charge of the entire film. The producer plans the production, hires key staff, organises financial backing and budgets, distribution, etc.
The producer hired the director.

Unlike television producers, film producers tend to limit themselves to the practical and logistical aspects of the production, leaving creative control to the film director.

Required Skills

Film producers need to have strong organizational skills and good business sense. As well as making sure the film gets made on time and budget, they need to make sure it has an audience and will be profitable. There are exceptions to this rule (not all films are expected to turn a profit), but the producer is usually the business head of the project.

The Film Director

The position of film director is not easy to define concisely.

Required Skills

A film director must have a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of film production, from acting to lens technology. It goes without saying that this is a senior position — if you want to be a director you will need to gain a lot of experience in other roles first.

However the following duties are fairly standard:

Interpreting the script and making it into a film. This can involve planning locations, shots, pacing, acting styles and anything else which affects the feel of the movie.Overseeing the cinematography and technical aspects.Coaching actors and directing them towards the required performances.Coordinating staff on set, directing the shooting timetable and ensuring that deadlin

Laypeople sometimes confuse the director with theproducer. This is understandable since they are both “bosses” of the film, and indeed their jobs can often overlap. The difference is that the producer is usually responsible for overseeing the entire project, including finance and budgets, hiring staff, managing logistics, etc. The director is more responsible for the creative aspects. The director is usually hired by and answerable to the producer.

Directors may or may not be involved in the editing. In some cases there is a separate “director’s cut”, which means the director’s version of the final edit.

I will bring the duties if the Asst. Director and other key workers.

Dir. McLORD ICE (FDGG) Film Directors Guild of Ghana

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