The producer is the go-to person of every other person on the production team. The job, as you can imagine, is never simple.
The producer’s best friend is a calendar containing a detailed production schedule. A great producer is a great organizer and to be able to handle all the different aspects of the producer’s job, attention to detail is an important quality.
So let’s say the producer has ironed out everything that needs to be prepared for the shooting day/s. You’ve given the go-ahead for the script submitted to you and it’s all systems go. The producer’s job is not even half over.
Of course, the producer is present on shooting day itself. He or she usually holds the production budget which takes care of the production crew and the talents’ meals, the supplies needed for the equipment, vehicle rentals, etc. The producer is also responsible for disbursing the budget so he must keep track of the expenses, via the receipts and do a little bit of accounting as the project rolls merrily along.
This is good because sometimes, you, the client, wants to see how we’ve spent your money and the producer helps you do just that.