have to think ‘how am I going to market this’ before I devote up to five years writing the story, filming it, and then promoting it.”
Once the producer and director give the okay to the script, it may go to the screenwriter who will adapt it to the specifications of the producer. It’s the producer’s job to make certain all financial and legal issues have been planned and accounted for. The director will be given an idea of what the film or television production budget constraints will be. Once these issues are resolved, the next big step is casting. The producer will monitor actors or actresses being auditioned to ensure that they are free for the film and television production. This sometimes requires a release from other contractual obligations that may have to be worked out with agents and others involved.
The Start of Film and Television