Every film needs a producer! But how do you get one? This can be the most difficult problem to deal with, especially when you’re first starting out and have no reputation or credits to back you up. This advice may not guarantee you’ll get a producer for your film but it will definitely add to your knowledge base at the very least.
The most important thing you can do for your film if you want to find a producer is to add value to it. In the end, producers want to make money. They want to back something that has huge potential in becoming profitable. But what does that mean?
Depending on your project it could mean developing visual assets to promote your film and entice producers into giving it a shot. Or it could mean finding an up and coming director looking for their next project and trying to get them onboard with your film. Sometimes it means raising a small portion of your budget through crowdfunding to get the ball rolling. This encourages producers in multiple ways as it also show that there’s interest in your concept, you’re willing to put the work in, and you’ve already have a portion of your budget made. There are tons of crowdfunding success stories out there if you’re looking for some encouragement.
In some cases it makes sense for the scriptwriter to go out and start approaching talent to build up a package. This isn’t the most successful approach as it generally only applies to certain genre films, at specific budget levels, with a director (a creditable one at that) already on board.
The bottom line is this: You need to build value in your project before approaching producers or investors. Just remember, keep your feet on the ground, be realistic, and keep fighting for your film. As a newcomer to this part of the industry, whether you’re a screenwriter or writer/director, it’s not going to be easy to get an A-lister attached to your project. You’re much better off developing a realistic strategy specific to your project and where you’re at in your career and then methodically work that plan to build up value in your project.
How Have You Found a Producer In the Past?
Everyone has their own stories and strategies when it comes to getting a producer for your film. What are yours?