Book Review: Film Craft: Producing


Publisher: Focal Press

Release Date: January 3, 2013

The FilmCraft book series focuses on specific disciplines within the filmmaking profession using interviews from noteworthy professionals in the field. This volume by Geoffrey Macnab and Sharon Swart features interviews with fifteen producers, and profiles of five other producers.

The producers interviewed in this volume are:

Peter Aalbaek Jensen

Tim Bevan

Jan Chapman

Lorenzo di Bonaventura

Ted Hope

Martin Karmitz

Kees Kasander

Jon Kilik

Bill Kong

Jon Landau

Andrew Macdonald

Edward R. Pressman

Lauren Shuler Donner

Jeremy Thomas

Ron Yerxa & Albert Berger

The producers profiled are:

Michael Balcon

David O. Selznick

Dino De Laurentiis

Erich Pommer

Alexander Korda

There may be a number of people that question the choice of producers interviewed in this volume, but it would be nearly impossible to include every relevant producer currently working in this field. The producers chosen come from very diverse backgrounds, making the individual interviews unique and valuable. Any reservations that one has are likely to fade once they start reading the book.

There is a wealth of conflicting information related to the readers. This book differs slightly from other books in the series due to the business end of filmmaking. The “producer” is one of the most misunderstood positions in the film industry. Different producers have a different level of creative control. Some might function differently than others. This makes this volume all the more valuable.

The featured producers talk passionately about their craft, and engage the reader immediately. The text is illustrated with wonderful photos from films that make the book a visual treat. I would even say that FilmCraft: Producing is truly addictive! It will be a treasured addition to the libraries of anyone who loves the cinema, and a wonderful resource of inspiration to future filmmakers.

Review by: Devon Powell