Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Lisa Bryer produced the BAFTA-winning film The Last King of Scotland and founded independent production company Cowboy Films. We ask her what the secret is to becoming a successful producer…

When you were first starting out, did you know you wanted to be a producer specifically? 
I had no idea about anything but after working on Wagner, filming for nine months around Europe, I quickly realised that the area that I enjoyed and was good at was production: putting people together, organising, thinking ahead. And I loved the fact that each different area of making a film was incorporated in the production side.

What makes a great producer? 
You’ve got to have the courage of your convictions but at the same time you’ve got to be able to leave your ego at home and be able to listen. [You have to] listen to everyone’s point of view and then be able to step back, have your own point of view, and steer the ship in the right direction. It’s very much about the bigger picture and not getting bogged down in each individual area. And [you need] passion – it’s so hard making a film, whether it’s a music video or a documentary or a feature film; you’ve got to really believe in what you’re doing.

Read the full article on IdeasMag.

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