In the film industry, the job of the producer seems to
be the one that cannot really be completely defined and it is one that isn’t
all too recognized however, it is surely one of the most difficult. Son of
legendary Darryl F. Zanuck, Richard D. Zanuck who
made movies like The Sting (1973), Jaws (S. Spielberg, 1975), Driving Miss Daisy (B.
Beresford, 1989) or Road to Perdition (S.
Mendes, 2002) among others noted several years ago:
People are yet to grasp the full meaning
of production or what their responsibilities are. It is quite unfortunate that
a position as important as this doesn’t have a clear image in the minds of
people. Some people if not most, just see the producer as the moneybag. Perhaps
that is why most new comers in the industry would rather be a screenwriter or a
director but not a producer. However, I must point out that screenwriters and
directors who have recorded any form of success did it with a professional
producer who creatively helped them behind the scene to make the tasks a
reality and flourish a film production project and it
a successful one…most of the time.
The responsibilities of the producer right from the very beginning
include both creative and financial responsibilities without having to confine
itself to any one over the other. Only the industry’s evolution as well as the
aptitudes of people who have held this job has tipped the balance towards
technical know-how or less frequently towards the creative capacity.
Over the years, the role of the film producer has evolved through
different stages. Moments of grandeur and great protagonisme – the Hollywood
studio system era- have been followed by others of marginalization and
downsizing – with the peak of so-called auteur cinema in the 1960s.
A change has been observed over the last 3 decades. A steadily growing
appreciation for the post has been observed, especially the creative producer.
What extent of creativity can we attribute the producer and how does
this creativity show? Do we really understand what it means to be a creative