What are their obligations?
I’d have to agree. For a while when I first started, the only role I got was that of a director. It was a full-time job. The main responsibility was to make a trailer at the same time we were working on any film. My first film, the short film “Mistery Meets Mr. Right,” came out after a four- to six-month shoot. It was the beginning of this whole idea. For me, making a trailer is sort of one of those things that’s never really been talked about as a process. It’s kind of an interesting thing because not a lot of people talk about it.
Is there a certain amount of responsibility you have as a producer that you don’t have as a director?
It definitely changes. You’re kind of doing a lot more, whereas you used to be responsible for the whole film. Now it’s like with a script, which you may not have written. You may have to call someone else in the room and ask them to draw something. It can be quite a different role. There’s always this expectation that I can do whatever I want to do in a trailer. When I came back from my first movie, after three years of working on a trailer and getting tired and tired of the process, I decided to do a feature film. I was only shooting one week, but that was enough time to really get into this, to kind of get on a roll. I also had kids, a house, a mortgage. I was exhausted. I was really burnt out on the process. I was like, “You know what? I’m going to do the trailer and make it, and then when it’s finished, I’ll make this movie,” and in the meantime I’ll try to find out what I can do within all the other obligations that I have.
Is that why you can now be a producer on a film?
There’s a different approach in that regard.
Do certain directors or producers feel the pressure to produce certain parts of each film?
I don’t know anyone who feels that pressure. It’s not like someone tells you, “Do your movie, or don’t do it.”
Some filmmakers seem to put pressure on themselves. They want to do as much production as possible. They don’t really know what they want to do while they’re shooting and what isn’t working. It’s not that the film’s not good. It
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