I’m exciting to announce that I’ve finally gotten it together to begin a new feature – interviews about producing. I will be sitting down for conversations with producers and with the people they interact with on a daily basis – cast and crew members – to bring what I hope will be some insights into this under appreciated skill. Along the way, I hope to provide some role models for those of you out there just getting started. In each interview we’ll talk about how the subject got started and then go into detail about a specific aspect of producing.
I’ve chosen to do these as audio interviews largely because, as a producer, I’m not a big fan of being in front of the camera and worrying about how I look. From a production standpoint I am also not a big fan of having to lug around a lot of equipment and people to get things done. So give a listen. I promise it will be worthwhile.
The first one out of the gate is with my dear friend, mentor and outstanding producer, Maggie Renzi. Maggie has produced iconic independent American films like LONESTAR, MATEWAN, THE SECRET OF ROAN IINISH and, a personal favorite, BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET. In the interview Maggie tells us how she got started and then talks about her approach to producing movies in different cultures – everywhere from The Philippines to Ireland to Alaska and America’s Deep South.
Let me know what you think and let me know if you have any suggestions for future interview topics.