When it comes to the filmmaking process, producers are probably the most involved.
From pre-production to post-production and beyond, producers have their fingers in many pies to ensure the end result is up to the best possible standard.
One major aspect of film production includes casting the right actors for roles in a project. Producers can be described as being responsible for an entire film.
No pressure right? However, the process of casting does not fall directly on the shoulders of the producer.
The usual process involves casting directors being hired to hold auditions for certain roles. Producers then work in consultation with the casting directors to decide on who is right for a part.
A producer is either employed by the production company or works independently.
They plan and coordinate a range of aspects in film production including the selection of scripts, directing, editing, and arranging a project’s financing.
A producer will usually oversee the script’s development and lead a pitch once the script is complete to secure a “green light” or financial backing so production can begin.
Producers also have a hand in choosing the director and other important crew members.
The director usually makes creative decisions during filmmaking while the producer manages different logistics and business matters.
If a producer can not supervise an entire production, associate, assistant, or line producers are hired to oversee different aspects of the project.
The casting process usually follows this method:
- A producer hires casting directors to hold auditions
- Casting directors post the role’s breakdowns mainly online through sites such as castingnetworks.com
- Acting agents see these breakdowns and pitch their clients to the casting directors
- Some of the actors from these pitches are then invited by the casting director for an audition
- The casting director will look over the auditions and choose whoever they think is right for the role
- The chosen actors are asked for a callback to do another audition but in front of the producers
- The producers choose a few actors from the second audition while a casting director may fight for others
- A lucky agent gets a call to be informed that one of their clients has got the part
This is the general process but it can differ depending on the circumstances. In general, however, the producer will have a final say on which actor is cast.
Why do actors want to be producers?
If you like to stick around for the whole duration of your favorite tv show, such as the ending credits, you may have noticed that many of the starring actors are credited as producers.
Many actors take on this role in movies too. At least one or two of the main actors of a tv show are also the executive producer but why is this so?
While many people would argue that it is entirely for the money, there are a range of possible answers as to why.
Many actors feel very strongly and are passionate about their work. They want to ensure that what they are working on is as good as it can possibly be.
Therefore, becoming a producer can give them more control over the entire production. They can oversee critical factors that go into the production process and decide what the budget is spent on.
Most often than not, actors do not start off as producers in tv shows. They usually gain this accolade after a few seasons of a show once it has become popular.
Of course, as the show becomes more popular, the actor’s pay also rises.
Most actors seldom make big bucks so the allure to sign a long-term contract that involves producing duties for more money is hard to ignore.
Once a show or film franchise has become popular, the lead actors may want to get more recognition as well as more money for their part in the project. Some actors may have complicated contracts with their agents which sees a large amount of money going towards them.
Therefore, the added wage from being a producer can be extremely beneficial.
Sometimes, an actor’s producer credit can be down to just vanity. It can be something to keep them happy.
Even once an actor earns the producer credit, they rarely have to partake in producing duties or fees.
They are rarely contractually obligated to fulfill such duties or even receive producing royalties. However, the actor has usually received some sort of pay rise after some time in a role.
On the other hand, studios and producers can often feel that an actor has earned his or her producing credits due to their creativity on the project.
Whether an actor has been part of the creative team, has a production company that backs a project, or just wants the extra money of being a producer, the credit alone is something many actors thrive for.