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By Ted Hope
I believe strongly, that the producing credits should represent the people who have been there from the earliest stages through the entire life of the film, contributing in a major capacity on all issues.
When I first started in the business, I felt like I was there to make sure the director fully considered all of their options and recognized what came with their choices, the repercussions of those choices, helping the director get outside of their mind so they could focus on what was happening before the camera. I’d make sure that everything else that was needed would happen in the best possible way.
Along the way, it soon became clear that I also needed to [...]
Producing is a precarious business. You should not do it if you don’t believe that by producing your projects you can make the world a better place or advance the art form. You are not just the one that feels they know what must be done. You have to know that the unknowable becoming known through your labors is a real possibility. Producers can’t be the people who settle for the way things are. They shouldn’t be the sort that takes the easy route or are willing to sacrifice nuance or beauty in service of just getting it done.
The goal of every film should be [...]
I am talking to you. Or at least 98% of you folks who are trying to raise money to make a film.
You know how in poker it always pays to look for other players’ “tell”? A “tell” is the subconscious gesture most people make when they are not sure of themselves. The “tell” helps to show when people are bluffing — or in everyday terms, when they are lying. The most common ”tell” is [...]
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It’s not enough any more to think outside the box. I think we need to smash the box to bits.
We need a total systems reboot of the indie film infrastructure. And I don’t think we can continue to wait and hope someone else is going to build it for us either.
I have been trying to help however I can help best. Perhaps these posts can be your guide: [...]
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I have decided I am no longer going to produce films for my living. To do so requires me to deliver quantity over quality. Or to not contribute as fully as I like since I won’t be fairly compensated. Or to make something that is virtually guaranteed to not have the cultural impact it warrants. Those are three things that I am refusing to be part of.
When I resigned recently from running the San Francisco Film Society, I said [...]