تهیهکننده فیلم کسی است که شرایط را برای ساخت فیلم فراهم میکند. راهاندازی، هماهنگسازی، رسیدگی و کنترل کارهایی از جمله جمعآوری پول مورد نیاز، بهکارگیری افراد کلیدی و اینگونه کارها بر عهدهٔ تهیهکننده است. تهیهکننده در تمام مراحل فرایند فیلمسازی و برنامه سازی از توسعه تا تکمیل پروژه نقش دارد.
در فرایند برنامه سازی رادیویی و تلویزیونی، کلیدیترین نقش را تهیهکننده اجرا میکند همچنین در ساخت انیمیشن نیز مهمترین نقش بر عهده تهیهکننده است، بر خلاف فیلم سازی سینمایی که در آن وظیفهٔ مهم تشکیل فرم و ساختار فیلم اساساً متکی به دانش و خلاقیت کارگردان است.
در نیمهٔ نخست قرن بیستم، تهیهکنندگان میبایست ادارهٔ کنترل هنری فیلم را هم انجام میدادند. در ایالات متحده با کنار گذاشتن دستگاه استودیویی هالیوود در دههٔ ۱۹۵۰، کنترل هنری کار بر عهدهٔ دستیاران کارگردان گذاشته شد.[نیازمند منبع]
تهیهکننده میتواند یک فرد یا یک شرکت فیلم سازی باشد. تهیهکننده بعد از آنکه پروژه ساخته شدن یک فیلم نامه را به دست گرفت، ابتدا سرمایه لازم جهت ساخت آن فیلم را فراهم میکند، سپس عوامل و کادر گروه تهیه و تولید را که قرار است مستقیماً با خود او همکاری کنند، انتخاب کرده و به کار میگیرد. او پس از تعیین کارگردان، در استخدام عوامل دیگر تولید فیلم به ویژه بازیگران، با کارگردان مشارکت میکند. تهیهکننده پس از تعیین عوامل، بودجه فیلم را در اختیار شخصی به نام مدیر تولید میگذارد، تا زیر نظر او، بودجه را در مصارف بخشهای مختلف تولید فیلم، خرج کند.
دستیار تهیهکننده معمولاً مسئول ایجاد هماهنگی در هنگام فیلم برداری در مکانهای واقعی، رفع مشکلات دستاندرکاران فیلم سازی و کمک به تهیهکننده در امور مالی و هنری است.
Film producers fill a variety of roles depending upon the type of producer. Either employed by a production company or independent, producers plan and coordinate various aspects of film production, such as selecting script, coordinating writing, directing and editing, and arranging financing. During the "discovery stage", the producer finds and acknowledges promising material. Then, unless the film is supposed to be based on an original script, the producer has to find an appropriate screenwriter.
For various reasons, producers cannot always supervise all of the production. In this case, the main producer may appoint executive producers, line producers, or unit production managers who represent the main producer's interests. The producer has the last word on whether sounds or music have to be changed, including deciding if scenes have to be cut. They are in charge of selling the film or arranging distribution rights as well. The producer's role can vary significantly from project to project, based on the circumstances and funding. They generally are in charge of things like hiring staff, creating filming schedules, checking and approving locations, and much more.
The term producers
Producers are present in every single genre of television and film and play major roles in each type of production. Although each genre might be widely different from each other, a producer's role and job is the same throughout each and every genre. A producer from a sports program can be compared to a producer of a film despite how different each genre can be. Although the primary role of the producer can be compared to that of a filmmaker, the role is something that isn't as cut and dried as a lot of people might expect it to be. The roles are very wide-ranging, due to the fact that this occupation has gone through an enormous amount of stages and phases as time went on. Today, in most cases the roles range from supervising the film's editing process to hiring the main staff.
The producer has a great amount of power in every single aspect of the production process. They are never left out and are heavily involved in every single stage of the production. There are times when a producer can try to find promising material to create either a feature film or a television program. If a producer decides to do this, it is usually done in the "discovery stage". The discovery stage is when a producer is actively looking for a variety of ideas, concepts, or promising scripts that could be made into a show or film. In this stage, a producer's power may even stretch to gathering workers for the selected project. Even though a producer today can have a wide range of roles within the field, there are roles that only fit into different types of "producers". Within the industry, there are many different types of producers who are only designated to specific roles such as controlling the staff and handling the finances. For example, to oversee and manage all aspects of video production the role may be filled by the line producer, but an executive producer would be selected to oversee all other producers work.
Different types of producers and their roles within the industry today include (in no order of seniority):
Development (film rights)
During this stage of the production process, producers bring together people like the film director, cinematographer, and production designer. Unless the film is supposed to be based on an original script, the producer has to find an appropriate screenwriter. If an existing script is considered flawed, they are able to order a new version or make the decision to hire a script doctor. The producer also has the final say on which film director, cast members, or other staff get hired. In some cases, they also have the last word when it comes to casting questions. A producer's role will also consist of approving locations, the studio hire, the final shooting script, the production schedule, and the budget. More time and money spent in pre-production can reduce the time and money wasted during production time.
During production, the producer's job is to make sure the film stays on schedule and under budget. They will always be in contact with directors and other key creative team members. In addition to this, cast and film crew often work at different times or places, and certain films even require a second unit. Consequently, it is normal that the main producer will appoint executive producers, line producers, or unit production managers who represent the main producer's interests and vision. The executive producer for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi was George Lucas himself, the creator of the Star Wars universe.
For various reasons, producers cannot always personally supervise all parts of their production. For example, some producers run a company which also deals with film distribution. Also, cast and film crew often work at different times and places, and certain films even require a second unit. Consequently, it is normal that the main producer will appoint executive producers, line producers, or unit production managers who represent the main producer's interests.
During post-production, the producer has the last word on whether sounds, music, or scenes have to be changed or cut. Even if the shooting has been finished, the producers can still demand that additional scenes be filmed. In the case of a negative test screening, producers may even demand and get an alternative film ending. This happened, for example, with First Blood. The test audience reacted very negatively when Rambo died, so the producers re-shot a new ending. In addition to this, producers work with marketing and distribution companies in order to sell the film or arrange its distribution rights.
Within the industry, all of the producers union contracts are negotiated by The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). It was founded in 1924 by the U.S Trade Association as the Association of Motion Picture Producers. It was originally created to only negotiate labor contracts, but during the mid-1930s they took over all contract negotiation responsibilities that were once controlled by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This alliance negotiates with a wide range of other associations when dealing with producers union contracts. These associations include, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), the Directors Guild of America (DGA), and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). They negotiate over eighty industry wide union agreements and on behalf of 350 producers within the industry. It has been responsible for negotiating all of these union contracts within the industry since 1982. Today, it is considered the industry's official contract negotiation representative for everyone within the industry.
However, most producers start in a college, university or film school. On the occasion of announcing his own film school, 'École de la Cité, film producer Luc Besson admitted that at the beginning of his career, he would have appreciated the chance to attend a film school. Film schools and many universities offer degree courses that include film production knowledge, with some courses that are especially designed for future film producers. These courses focus on key topics like pitching, script development, script assessment, shooting schedule design, and budgeting. Students can also expect practical training regarding post-production. Training at a top producing school is one of the most efficient ways a student can show professionals they are not a rookie.
While education is one way to begin a career as a film producer, experience is also required to land a job. Internships are a great way to gain experience while in school and give students a solid foundation on which to build their career. Many internships are paid, which enable students to earn money while gaining hands-on skills from industry professionals. Through internships, students get to network with people in the film industry as well. This pays off in the end when looking for jobs after school. Once an internship is over, the next step typically will be to land a junior position, such as a production assistant.
Although rates can vary based on a producer's role and the location of filming, the average salary can start anywhere from $20,000 to $70,000, even doubling when working in Los Angeles. The average annual salary for a producer in the U.S. is $109,844. When examining more than 15,000 producers in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, the average annual salary is $138,640. Producers can also have an agreement to take a percentage of a movie's sales.
There is no average work day for a film producer, since their tasks are changing from day to day. A producer's work hours are often irregular and can consist of very long days with the possibility of working nights and weekends.