In Hollywood, everyone recognizes the lead actors that appear within their favorite movies, and many audiences also remain quite familiar with directors of those films as well. However, not all movie lovers realize that most of the driving force behind the images of the celluloid screen actually resides within the producers of these motion pictures. If it wasn’t for the efforts of producers, all of the award-winning movies of yesterday and today (and the lesser recognized films as well) would have never made it into theaters. As such, producing is a vital and integral aspect of filmmaking even though most producers remain invisible in terms of the audiences they hope to entertain.
Film producers generally oversee every aspect of a movie’s production from beginning to end. Officially, studios task producers with the financing of a movie, and producers not only secure movie-making funds from investors but often pitch in their own funds as well, especially before the cameras start rolling. This initial phase is called pre-production, and the producer usually makes his presence known throughout the casting process and works closely alongside the director and producer to put a film’s particular vision into motion. While some producers prefer to let the director handle most of the day-to-day business of orchestrating a film once the first “Action!” is yelled, many other producers will maintain a careful collaboration with the writers, directors, and editors all the way through the filming process and throughout the post-production phases. Producers can spend many long hours in the editing room and oversee the finest details including the scoring of a film.
One particularly successful producer in Hollywood today is Marc Shmuger. His most recent projects (and there are several of them) fall into several genres, but here are the most compelling examples: (1) Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo, which will present an ultimately patriotic underdog story from the perspective of the seamstresses who fashioned space suits for Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to wear during the first moon walk; (2) A new Scarface reboot, which will be the third retelling of the outlaw story once portrayed as an alcohol prohibition tale (in the 1932 version) and then upgraded to the rise and fall of cocaine dealer Tony Montana (in the 1932 flick starring Al Pacino); and (3) A Wikileaks movie that will certainly entertain as well as inform viewers about the true story of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
With the above-described movies, Marc Shmuger demonstrates that he’s sure to have his hands in many projects for years to come, and we look forward to his future work. In addition to these future movies, Marc’s tenure as the former co-chairman of Universal Pictures included overseeing the production of Inglourious Basterds, which starred Brad Pitt and brought director Quentin Tarentino’s epic Jewish revenge theme into fruition with a marvelous alternate history on the fate of the Third Reich (and it just happens to be one of our very favorite movies of all time). If this is any indication of what is to come, I’d say that Marc Shmuger will certainly continue to enjoy a very long, fruitful, and inspiring career as a producer for many years to come.