Raphie Frank :: business artivist

Anthony Bregman: The Business of Passion & The Art of Compromise

You gave a talk a while back entitled The Business of Passion & The Art of Compromise. Now a lot of people have a pretty solid sense when it comes to the idea of compromise as art, but could you flesh out a bit this idea of “the business of passion”?
Well, what we’re doing is… see, it would be a lot easier for any of us to make our living any other way than making movies. But the reason why we’re making movies is because we’re passionate about these stories and we want to see them told. But, ultimately, what we as producers need to do, and its solely with the Producer, because the financers don’t need to get involved with the film, and the filmmakers, the writers and directors, they’re not thinking necessarily – and they probably shouldn’t be – about the economic aspects of the movie.

So, what our job as a Producer is, is to take something that we’re passionate about, a piece of art, a story, and find a financial reason for somebody to put millions of dollars into these stories to see them told. And that applies whether it’s a question of finding the right cast that makes a certain budget work or modulating the story so that it will appeal to a certain segment of the population or bringing budgets down so that we can ignore cast and all that. And these are all business decisions that have to be made in order to make it possible for these stories to be told.

from a Gothamist Interview. Full Interview available on Gothamist or Snipes, Logomancy & So So Psychosis

June 13, 2006 - Posted by | Business, Economics, Film, Philosophy

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