Profession video and motion picture producer

Video and motion picture producers supervise the entire production of a movie or television programme. They select the scripts that will be turned into motion pictures or series. Video and motion picture producers find the financial means to make a movie or television series. They have the final decision on the whole project, from development and editing to distribution. During large-scale productions, video and motion picture producers can be part of a team of producers and may be responsible for some of these tasks.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Enterprising
  • Enterprising / Realistic
  • Artistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Project management principles

    Different elements and phases of project management.

  • Accounting techniques

    The techniques of recording and summarising business and financial transactions and analysing, verifying, and reporting the results.

  • Film production process

    The various development stages of making a film, such as scriptwriting, financing, shooting, editing, and distribution.

  • Audiovisual products

    The different types of audiovisual products and their requirements, such as documentaries, low budget movies, television series, records, CDs, and others.

  • Copyright legislation

    Legislation describing the protection of the rights of original authors over their work, and how others can use it.

Skills

  • Perform market research

    Gather, assess and represent data about target market and customers in order to facilitate strategic development and feasibility studies. Identify market trends.

  • Work with motion picture editing team

    Work together with the motion picture editing team during post-production. Make sure the finished product is according to specifications and creative vision.

  • Liaise with financiers

    Liaise with people willing to finance the project. Negotiate deals and contracts.

  • Assess financial viability

    Revise and analyse financial information and requirements of projects such as their budget appraisal, expected turnover, and risk assessment for determining the benefits and costs of the project. Assess if the agreement or project will redeem its investment, and whether the potential profit is worth the financial risk.

  • Consult with production director

    Consult with the director, producer and clients throughout the production and post-production process.

  • Develop professional network

    Reach out to and meet up with people in a professional context. Find common ground and use your contacts for mutual benefit. Keep track of the people in your personal professional network and stay up to date on their activities.

  • Take artistic vision into account

    Take the artistic and creative vision of the organisation into account when selecting a project.

  • Work with playwrights

    Work with writers through workshops or script development schemes.

  • Implement strategic planning

    Take action on the goals and procedures defined at a strategic level in order to mobilise resources and pursue the established strategies.

  • Select scripts

    Select the scripts that are going to be converted into motion pictures.

  • Manage budgets

    Conduct cost estimates and budget planning. Monitor the budget, as well as costs and expenses. Forecast the budget development continuously. Report on the budget.

  • Perform project management

    Manage and plan various resources, such as human resources, budget, deadline, results, and quality necessary for a specific project, and monitor the project's progress in order to achieve a specific goal within a set time and budget.

  • Work with video and motion picture production team

    Work with the cast and crew members to establish requirements and budgets.

Optional knowledge and skills

edit scripts marketing principles edit digital moving images manage accounts implement marketing strategies ensure fulfilment of legal requirements prepare government funding dossiers make film shooting schedule direct distribution operations edit recorded sound tax legislation plan marketing strategy search for a suitable location carry out auditions negotiate publishing rights carry out interviews to select artistic team members calculate production costs manage distribution channels attend read-through negotiate exploitation rights financial jurisdiction