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The Producer's Role

In independent filmmaking, the relationship between a producer and director is one of the key factors in the life of a film.

6:30–8:30pm (Classroom 1)
  • Part 1 – June 15, 2017
  • Part 2 – June 22, 2017
  • Part 3 – June 29, 2017

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"What does a producer do?" It's a question every producer will need to answer many times throughout their lives. And you can't blame folks for asking.

Producing is probably the least understood role in the film industry. It connotes several different contributions to a film – script development, packaging, investing, overseeing physical production, post production, sales, etc. In independent filmmaking, the relationship between a producer and director is one of the key factors in the life of a film.

For filmmakers just starting out, it's important to understand what they can and should expect from a producer, the different types of producers they will encounter during their career, and how they can get the most out of this key creative bond.

What You Will Learn

  • Development – The process of getting the script camera-ready, and of building the team to make the movie.

  • Financing – The process of financing a film, what can be expected from a creative producer during this process.

  • Physical Production – We'll take a look at the production team that manages the shoot, and what a creative producer's role is in the day-to-day life of the film set.

  • Post Production – One of the most elusive and mysterious stages in the life of a film. What should a filmmaker expect from a producer during this stage? We'll discuss the notes process, feedback screenings, and a producer's contribution during this important stage.

  • Festival, Sale, and Release – A producer's job does not stop at picture lock. We'll look at the producer's involvement in festival strategy, sales, and ultimately to the release of the film and its life once released.

About the instructor

Lucas Joaquin

Lucas Joaquin

Lucas Joaquin is an independent creative producer in New York City and a founding member of the production company Secret Engine.

He has produced several feature films, including most recently LOVE AFTER LOVE starring Andie MacDowell and Chris ODowd, co-written and directed by Russell Harbaugh, and co-written and executive produced by Eric Mendelsohn. The film premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival where it took home the prize for Best Cinematography. Other films include LITTLE MEN directed and co-written by Ira Sachs, starring Greg Kinnear and Paulina Garcia both of which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Joaquin was a participant in the 2012 Sundance Creative Producing Lab, the 2013 Berlinale Talent Campus, 2014 Venice Biennale College, and IFP No Borders Co-Production Market.

He is a founding member of Secret Engine with fellow producers Alex Scharfman and Drew Houpt, and worked for many years with the prolific production company Parts & Labor.

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