How Not to Produce

Posted on August 19, 2007

  • Get the permit for the wrong location.
  • Don’t get all required parts for a piece of special equipment.
  • Don’t get food and craft services for any part of the production.
  • Claim you did everything.
  • Get an assistant to pay for everything.
  • Don’t get the food in time. Better yet, don’t even think about it.
  • Take 3 hours to do a 30 minute errand. And don’t do it properly.
  • Go home and check your mail. Also, do any other personal errands.

Sadly most of these traits are true in someone I worked with. The film wasn’t a disaster because people picked up the producer’s slack, mainly a friend of the director that was kicked out of the Film School. If someone like this is able to graduate, how much is the degree really worth?

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Written by Joey Daoud

Joey Daoud is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. His past films have appeared on Netflix, The New York Times, and National Geographic. He is also a YouTube creator across multiple channels with videos garnering millions of views. In his free time, he likes to climb mountains, scuba dive, and brew unique coffees.

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