Finally Understand in 5min the Difference Between a Producer, an Executive Producer & a Line Producer
Film credits can get confusing, especially when it comes to the producing side of the process. Between the Producers, the Creative Producers, the Line Producers and the Executive Producers, it is sometimes tricky to visualize who does what.
Fortunately, Beasts of the Southern Wild and High Maintenance Producer, Michael Gottwald gave a class on Producing An Indie Film From The Grassroots Up at Creative Live where he explains what are the responsibilities tied up to each title.
Watch the video and see below for a recap:
The Executive Producer
The Executive Producer is usually a person who does have a financial interest in a film or maybe they are a person who gathered money for the film.
It depends on each project or each company, and it also depends on a per-project basis.
Knowing what the reality is, and knowing what the director’s vision is, and trying to marry those two in a way that best does that but in the real world.
Problem solving, mostly on set. Knowing what to do when things go wrong.
During production, managing relationships between the crew. Making sure everybody is happy and communicating and understanding each other, so you’re getting what you need to get done, working toward the same interest.
Later fostering the right kind of partners that you’re going to work with in distribution or in that phase of the film. And strategically thinking about the life of the film once it is finished.
The Line Producer
You’re running the operation of the film production.
You’re working with the production company if there is one, on payroll and insurance and all that sort of things.
You’re managing with your Unit Production Manager vendor relationships.
You’re the stepping stone of the Producer who can be the in-between between the Line Producer and the Director.
The Creative Producer
It’s a term you can hear passed around more and more these days.
You could work directly with the director on the script, if they are open to it. Either bouncing ideas off of each other, or [the director] use you as a sounding board.
You could provide a timeline for them.
You can gather key creative collaborators for the director like heads of departments that are going to be crucial for the success of the movie.