Important tips for being the best TV Producer you can be from Bristol-based production company: Artswork Media.
1. Not leaving yourself enough time
Everything takes longer than you think – particularly when filming and editing. Start the pre-production work as early as possible to ensure that everything is ready for the shoot, allow time for back-up filming days, and always over-estimate the editing period.
2. Not having a ‘Plan B’
Producing is all about creative problem solving: things aren’t always going to work out the way you imagine, and in the fast-paced TV industry there isn’t time to redo things. As producer, it’s your responsibility to explore all possible solutions to a problem, but it helps to have a back-up idea already in place just in case something goes wrong.
3. Overlooking legal aspects
One of a producer’s most important jobs is ensuring the production has all the permissions it needs to go ahead without encountering any issues later down the line. Small things like ensuring extras have signed a release form can seem unimportant at the time, but it is vital to have a signed release form from everyone caught on camera. The same goes for any location you use, any music that isn’t copyright-free, and any branded content. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
4. Not keeping on top of communication
As producer, you are essentially in charge of a team of people: this means quick and consistent communication is incredibly important. Despite the importance of communicating, it is also just as important to do this during working hours. You might be working on something late at night, but emailing at this time is unprofessional – save a draft and wait until the morning.
5. Not looking after yourself
With the responsibility of the production, it can be easy to forget to take time to look after yourself. Use a planner and schedule times to work and relax; staying organised really helps. Keeping on top of your personal to-do list will help you to work better with the crew. In terms of the production, using workflow programs can help to co-ordinate everyone easily, as well as organising frequent meetings to ensure everyone is up to date and happy with what they need to do, which then takes some of the pressure off your own shoulders.
By Holly Jackson: Producer at Artswork Media. Holly has produced media for several clients ranging from Co-LAB to City to Sea.