Producing a no or low budget film requires the ability to see many small details all at once...to anticipate everything that can happen, that needs to happen, and ultimately, everything that will happen during a multi-day shoot.
I believe that there are three skills that are most important for any independent film producer:
- Invite the right people into the family. Finding the right balance of personalities, talents, skills takes experience, intuition, and wisdom. Producers who assemble great teams have more successful projects, long-term.
- Humility. Proud people make awful film producers. You have to be able to ask people for their time, talents, and treasures everyday...all day long. And when they share these resources with you, you have to thank them.
- Keep calm and carry on. Good independent film producers are unflappable. Not that they don't ever get happy and celebrate...or that they are never frustrated with their team. Producers have to steady everyone else's emotions, so theirs must be kept in check.
My wife Emily and I share the producing duties on our shorts and features with the amazing Jennifer Baxley. The three of us bring our complimentary skills together and work hard...while also having a great time.