Your guide to become a Film Producer in Malaysia

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RM 3,000 - 4,000

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Who is a Film Producer?

A Film Producer manages and coordinates the production of a film, from the financial aspect to the hiring of actors.

Film Producers are in charge of the development of films. However, it takes a huge team to bring the scriptwriting to reality. Producers have to hire accountants, lawyers, photographers, videographers, actors, extras, directors, editors, etc. to produce a film. They work with directors to develop screenplays and oversee the entire film from script to screen. Together with the creative team, they come up with a storyline, props and scriptwriting. The glamour and prestige associated with the f...

Film Producers are in charge of the development of films. However, it takes a huge team to bring the scriptwriting to reality. Producers have to hire accountants, lawyers, photographers, videographers, actors, extras, directors, editors, etc. to produce a film. They work with directors to develop screenplays and oversee the entire film from script to screen. Together with the creative team, they come up with a storyline, props and scriptwriting. The glamour and prestige associated with the film industry hides the fact that it actually takes a great deal of hard work to make movies. Film producers work varying and long hours and often have to travel to scout locations.

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The pros and cons of being a Film Producer:

Pros

Possibility of becoming famous

Nature of the job allows you to be creative and inspire others in the film industry

Flexible working hours because you’re the boss

Cons

May not have enough budget to produce a film or one that is sufficient for your ideas that require a big budget

Responsibilities are high as it includes financial, administrative and technical aspect

Competition is tough as there are tonnes of other good film producers

What are all the responsibilities of a Film Producer ?

Raise funds for your production

Read and judge ideas and scripts

Commission writers or secure rights to existing intellectual properties

Discuss projects with your backers

Hire staff such as directors, writers, and producers

Control and allocate resources

Organise schedules to shoot footage

Maintain safety regulations

Supervise the project

What skills do you need to become a Film Producer?

Creativity

Every movie has a distinct personality to it. Just think of Interstellar, The Greatest Showman or The Chronicles of Narnia. There’s always an outstanding element to the film that captivates our attention. It can be an inspiration from a real life story, a remake of a novel or even a fresh idea that popped up from your head when you woke up this morning. Creativity can be injected in every part of the movie such as the music, lighting, location and editing.

Great organisational skills

Although a Film Producer works in a huge team, you will need to oversee everything as well. You are the HR manager if your actors don’t get along, the banker when in need of props, the caterer during mealtimes and planner to plan everyone’s schedule. As such, you will need to have excellent organisational skills, be able to manage your time and resources wisely and also make time for yourself.

Good communication skills

As the head of the production company, you need to convey accurate messages to those under you. There will be a huge team, depending on the scale of the production, so having great communication skills is vital to avoid any misunderstandings among the casts and crews. It’s a bonus if you happen to be a good leader as well.

What field(s) of study should you choose to become a Film Producer?

What are the requirements to be a Film Producer?

A degree is often necessary but most importantly, you must know how to put a movie together from beginning to end. You need to learn skills such as cinematography, film directing, film production and documentaries which are the basics for being a film producer. No professional qualification is needed but experience and exposure will put you ahead of the game.

What are the working hours of a Film Producer?

Work hours are long and has no fixed time. All you have to do is complete the shooting before the deadline and ensure the video editing is done on time. Film Producers often have to scout out suitable places for the next shooting which will require lots of time, effort and travelling.

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