My short-term goal is to find someone who can serve as a producer on this short, but my longer-term goal is to find someone who can work with me on future projects — starting with shorts and then moving on to features.
Film production experience is obviously useful but it’s not absolutely necessary for the right person. I need someone who’s very organized and competent, because this is more of a management and operations role than a creative role. I would far rather have someone who is intelligent, competent and diligent — but who’s never worked on a film set — than someone who’s worked on films but doesn’t have the personality and character traits I want.
In other words, I’m looking for someone who’s more of an MBA than an MFA.
Ideally, I’m looking for someone who will be working with me for a long time — growing along with me as we move from cheap, unpaid projects all the way to nicely budgeted features.
Although it helps to have had a strong interest in movies and production, that’s not required. What is required is a strong track record of successfully working with people — preferably managing people — to accomplish tightly defined goals.
Every time you make a film, it’s like doing a business start-up. You might have people you’ve worked with on other projects, but you put together a team and then manage the skills and talents of the team to make a finished product.
As a writer/director, I plan to manage the creative side of my films, but a producer is needed to help plan and execute all the work that has to be done to make the films. Someone has to be part of hiring key people, raising capital, setting budgets and then coordinating the overall project. Depending on your experience and interest, you’ll either be co-producer with me in the beginning or solo producer if we’re both comfortable with that.
My goal is to find someone who will be with me for the long term — someone who would have the ambition to help build a successful and profitable company.
When I made my first (and only) short film 13 years ago, I didn’t realize how much I didn’t know. I learned a lot from that experience and you’ll learn a lot working on this first short. If you like it and I like working with you, there’s no telling what we might do after that. (But I have some ideas.)
The first short film for which we’ll be putting together a crew is called “The Refugees.” It’s a satire about a group of progressive Democrats who were evacuated from Washington, D.C., as the Trump administration invaded the city. In a news magazine-style parody, we will explore what happened to them after they finally left a refugee camp and were sent to rural Alabama — among blue-collar Republicans — for resettlement. The resulting culture clash should be funny for people on both sides of that political divide.
If you think you might be the producing partner I’m looking for, please let me hear from you. Whatever your background is, I’d be willing to talk if you’re interested. Drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s make some films together, win some awards — and eventually make a lot of money. Sound good?