How to make money as a movie producer, in case you ever wanted to know …
Producer is one of the “big” roles when it comes to making a film, but unlike directors, actors, sound men, camera people, and editors, the role of producer isn’t one everyone understands well … or even knows anything about.
Put simply, the producer is a person who pays to make the film, and then sells it to make money. Of course, unless the producer is going to fund the film themselves, they have to get investors. That’s one side of things: The producer makes sure the movie can get completed by meeting the $ needs.
Then, once the movie is made, the producer can sell the film (in various ways) to make money. If the producer makes more money selling the movie than they spent making it, they turn a profit.
(Wait a second, there are other ways a producer can make money, such as brand endorsements! Yeah, well there are, but I’m not going to describe those here).
Let’s look at 3 ways a producer can make money:
1) Sell the film directly to area distributors. For example, “The Silence Under the Mountain” (a movie we just made up to use as an example here) was made for $2 million. Skeeter
Jones, the producer, then sold it to a big distributor for $5 million and he sold the satellite rights to Sat-Vision for another $1 million. He made $4 million in profit.
2) Make a deal with distributors to pay a percentage of what they make off the film. The producer, Jones, considered making a deal with PercentaWorks for 10% of their overall collection when they distributed the film.
3) The producer distributes it himself. Jones also considered taking on the role of distributor, meaning he wouldn’t sell the film to a distributor and give them anything. Instead, he would have called theater exhibitors and had them buy or lease “Silence.”
Pemberton Music Festival 2017 Lineup
These guys are all performing in Pemberton, B.C. on July 13-16 (Thursday to Sunday). The links go to their songkick page.
- Big Sean
- Major Lazer
- Tegan and Sara
- Chance the Rapper
- Local Natives
- A Tribe Called Quest
- Slightly Stoopid
- Joey Bada$$
- Future Islands
- Zeds Dead
- Eagles of Death Metal
- The Avalanches
- Lil Uzi Vert
- Cashmere Cat
- Run The Jewels
- Lil Yachty
- Majid Jordan
- Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
- Denzel Curry
- Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
- The Rural Alberta Advantage
- Shovels & Rope
- Hundred Waters
- Said The Whale
- Roy Woods
- Bob Moses
- Kilo Kish
- Hamilton Leithauser
- Mr. Carmack
- Current Swell
- A Tribe Called Red
- July Talk
- Dirty Radio
- The Marcus King Band
- Tasha the Amazon
- A. Chal
Twin Peaks 2017
A quote from the time of Twin Peaks, 1990, explains what Twin Peaks was to television:
“American network television has long been considered the home of the bland, the cautious and the predictable, so it was with some trepidation that the ABC network recently launched a new series that was none of those things.
“Twin Peaks, which began airing in America two weeks ago, has already been described by one critic as ‘the series that will change TV.'” – Tracey Macleod, BBC2’s The Late Show
One season later, the show was almost cancelled. It carried on for one more season.
The show began on a high note. Talk about Twin Peaks being “unlike anything else on TV” brought viewers enough to make it the highest-rating show on ABC’s spring season. And this interest caused Twin Peaks to become one of the top-rated shows in 1990. But after a number of time-slot changes and the resolution of the one of the story’s most important questions, ratings plummeted during the second season, and the network put it on indefinite hiatus. It was brought back after an organized letter-writing campaign, but ratings did not improve.
Lynch himself enjoyed the making his only TV series:
“The beautiful thing about television,” the director said after the show began to air, “is you have the chance to do a continuing story, and that’s pretty neat to me. That’s the main reason for doing it.” – David Lynch 1990
Lynch co-wrote the show, “weaving the stories over the weeks” as he referred to it, with Hill Street Blues Story Editor Mark Frost.
As for the upcoming (originally 9- but now perhaps 18-episode) third series, Lynch walked away from it once already after reporting that Showtime, the network that will air the new Twin Peaks, was not willing to spend enough on the script the way Lynch thought it should be done, which may have had to do with issues around the original cast. After much public discussion and a series of self-made videos by as-yet-unsigned former Twin Peaks cast members about the necessity of having Lynch on for the new show (Showtime had considered going on with the project without the director), Lynch stated publicly that he was back on.
The third series will be notably different from the first two because it will be filmed all at once like a movie, and Lynch and David Frost will decide where to cut the story into episodes (which could be various lengths in minutes).
And on January 9, 2017, it was finally revealed that Twin Peaks’ all-important return date will be Sunday, May 21, with a two-hour premiere. It will also go on Showtime’s streaming services on May 21 – along with episodes three and four.
Twin Peaks 2017 Cast
Twin Peaks Discussion (We’ll post these questions, and if you have more, let us know, and you guys can comment on them)
So far, many Twin Peaks original cast members have confirmed that they are in the third season (airing early 2017):
FBI and Cops:
Special Agent Dale Cooper
Yes, signed and the only one who has seen the entire script, reportedly.
Sheriff Harry S. Truman
Uncertain, he may be replaced by another actor.
Deputy Andy Brennan
Lucy Moran, Secretary
Special Agent Albert Rosenfield
Special Agent Gordon Cole
Denise Bryson, FBI Agent
The Twin Peaks girls:
Laura Palmer/Maddy Ferguson
No. (But Fire Walk With Me’s Donna, Moira Kelly maybe.)
Died in the show, but might be in 2017.
Ben Horne and Jerry Horne
Guys in Town:
Mike Nelson, Bobby’s Friend
James Hurley, Biker
Twin Peaks Characters:
Mike, the One-Armed Man (Phillip Gerard)
The Log Lady
Bob’s actor is dead, although Leland’s actor is a possibility.
Later on, a full cast list for the 2017 series was announced. 217 members on it. Some are returning, some are new:
Mädchen Amick – Shelly Johnson
Dana Ashbrook – Bobby Briggs
Phoebe Augustine – Ronette Pulaski
Richard Beymer – Ben Horne
Catherine E Coulson – The Log Lady
Julee Cruise – Roadhouse Singer
Jan D’Arcy – Sylvia Horne
David Duchovny – Denise/Dennis Bryson
Sherilyn Fenn – Audrey Horne
Miguel Ferrer – Albert Rosenfield
Warren Frost – Doctor William Hayward
Harry Goaz – Deputy Andy Brennan
Andrea Hays – Heidi
Gary Hershberger – Mike Nelson
Michael Horse – Deputy Tommy ‘Hawk’ Hill
David Patrick Kelly – Jerry Horne
Sheryl Lee – Laura Palmer/Maddy Ferguson
Peggy Lipton – Norma Jennings
Bellina Martin Logan – Louie ‘Birdsong’ Budway
David Lynch – GORDON COLE
Kyle MacLachlan – Special Agent Dale Cooper
James Marshall – James Hurley
Everett McGill – ‘Big’ Ed Hurley
Walter Olkewicz – Jacques Renault
Kimmy Robertson – Lucy Moran
Wendy Robie – Nadine Hurley
Marv Rosand – Cook at the Double R Diner
Carlton Lee Russell – Jumping Man
Harry Dean Stanton – Carl Rodd
Charlotte Stewart – Betty Briggs
Al Strobel – Philip Gerard/ ‘Mike’ The One-Armed Man
Carel Struycken – The Giant
Russ Tamblyn – Dr Lawrence Jacoby
Ray Wise – Leland Palmer
Alicia Witt – Gersten Hayward
Grace Zabriskie – Sarah Palmer
New actors (alphabetical):
Eric Ray Anderson
Ronnie Gene Blevins
Juan Carlos Cantu
Grace Victoria Cox
Owain Rhys Davies
Ana de la Reguera
Rebekah Del Rio
Edward “Ted” Dowlin
Jay R Ferguson
Caleb Landry Jones
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Sarah Jean Long
Priya Diane Niehaus
Elias Nelson Parenzini
Carolyn P. Riggs
Erik L. Rondell
Sabrina S. Sutherland
Cynthia Lauren Tewes
Sharon Van Etten