Because “do it different” just doesn’t cut it when trying to get the right performances.
Like the best-laid plans of mice and men or every Bond villain’s evil scheme, productions never seem to work out as intended. However, the main job of the producer is to make it all run smoothly. Sometimes, this requires acting as the babysitter for the production – a babysitter who also happens to have multiple advanced degrees in psychology. Other times, this means having psychic powers and MacGyver like abilities to figure a way out of impossible situations. Oh yeah, it also helps if you’re able to laugh while everything falls to pieces.
Any 8-year old who makes videos on a smartphone is technically a filmmaker. However, if you want your project to have a slightly higher artistic standard than the average tween’s Instagram, the director should understand certain fundamental techniques.
It’s not exactly true that you need to spend money to make money. However, production is more about spending money than bringing it into the project. Still, it’s not a bad idea to be thinking ahead as to how you’ll earn some of your investment back, as long as you’re still hoping people see the final version some day.
What are your main goals for this stage of the project? If they include usable images, workable audio and no fires on the set, here’s who can help with all that. Maybe these are new people you need to hire, or maybe these are existing team members who are adding yet another set of responsibilities to the three or four job titles they already hold on the project.