Producers are the ultimate middle-man, balancing the tension between clients, directors, crew, and of course, the budget. It can be a tough place, but it’s made easier when you have the right North Star. For Producer Lander Engels, who’s been at Czar Belgium for nearly a decade, he puts creative relationships above all else.
It can be hard to pinpoint what a good producer looks like because the problems they face are never the same twice. If you’re Javier Alejandro, one day you’re coordinating a ballet with tanks, and the next day you’re flying a plane into Bulgaria for a Dua Lipa video. But, behind the facade of these incredible problems, there are few common threads, including having a zen serenity.
The beautiful thing about being a producer is that there’s no real job description. Also, the ugly thing about being a producer is that there’s no real job description. Every project is an opportunity and an obstacle, something that requires you to forget the things you don’t need to know and remember the rest.
We spoke with some award-winning producers and production companies, compiling a list of the best all-around tools to set your work up for success.
Josh Hillman is the perfect person to tell you about negotiating with real estate agents. Or, how to keep chocolate at a constant 15 degrees celsius. Or how to keep cameras from scratching the floor. In other words, he’s a producer—a very good one at that. He’s currently the senior producer at TCO London, a
In episode 8 of ESPN’s Draft Academy, Evolve captured one of the most compelling moments in recent sports history — Shaquem Griffin, a man with one hand, getting drafted into the NFL. They weren't the only camera in the room, but they were the only camera that got the shot. Needless to say, the production team went nuts
They say the devil is in the details. Well, the magic is there too. That’s what Andrew Finch discovered during the 4-year process of making his space-disaster masterpiece, Others Will Follow. “I always like to get as close to reality as I can,” Andrew told us, while explaining the obsessive lengths he went to when making
Next month, National Geographic will premiere Mars, a six-part series created by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. The show is a narrative exploration of what could soon be a reality: the colonization of Mars ⎯ mankind’s giant leap into life as an interplanetary species. Mars is a big step not only for the network, but also for
Cinematographer Todd Martin is always scouting. Every exotic location he finds himself in, every perfect patch of forest — it’s all being logged on the off chance that such a place will one day come in handy. He was even scouting during this interview while riding a ferry to an island off of Maine. For