Like the director who oversees all creative aspects of the film from beginning to end, the producer oversees the creative and the commercial throughout the entire production. The producer is ultimately responsible for what goes on screen and they must have a broad knowledge of all aspects of filmmaking and a keen sense of business. Topics covered in this course are how to find funding, budgeting and scheduling, contracts, copyright law, releases and how to hire well. Students will also explore optioning a book or story, production management and how to get the most “production value” for the money.