Craig and John explain what producers do — at least, what they’re supposed to do — and discuss the myriad subclasses of producers that litter the opening titles of many movies.
How do you handle a producer who won’t stop giving notes?
Lawrence Turman suggests asking random people for their opinions of your concept. Great idea for a producer, but potentially a bad idea for a screenwriter.
What’s a reasonable amount of time to give your manager to read a draft of your script? It sometimes takes this screenwriter’s manager up to a month.
General meetings aside, how many pushes merits cause for concern regarding interest in you/your idea?
If you can’t find that one smart reader amid your circle, it’s possible that you’d benefit from paying someone. I don’t have any names to recommend, but if I were in your place, I’d look for a few things.
At a screenwriting panel last week, Robin Swicord said something that reframed the issue in a very helpful way.
“Based on an idea by” is a rare credit, for good reason.
Rifle or shotgun approach to getting an agent?
Making your movie. Keeping your soul.
Not if it will get you read and your expectations are adjusted.
When to sell and when to hold.
How to get producer credit? Use leverage and do the work.
How to handle development meetings. Be open, learn and remember the changes are yours to implement.
A good example of why producers matter.
Selling people on your ideas is critical to keeping control of a movie from the beginning.
How a writer can stay involved in a producing capacity once the script is written.