Interview with producer Adil S Aziz

  • A producer is a leader or a boss?

A leader and a team mate more than a boss for sure. We’re in the trenches with the troops but also need to make decisions to guide them towards their goal.

  • What qualities or attributes do you look for in people you are looking to employ or work with?

A positive energy, seamless coordination with all departments, Unique problem-solving skill, out of the box thinking.

  • What do you look for in a script?

A positive message, more organic approach rather than dressing. Natural locations, Strong character narratives and powerful/ non-stereotypical women characters.

  • How do you select a director?

Based backward from their strengths.

  • Would you recommend writers think like a producer when writing their script? Or, just write with reckless abandon and then worry about the cost, or whatever, after they’ve grabbed a producer’s attention.

I DO NOT recommend writers think like a producer while developing scripts. It’s the producer’s job to look at the narrative and execute finding the right balance keeping in mind resources available.

  • How involved in the writing of a project do you get? Are you more involved in the initial development?

Only as a creative bounce to jam with if needed.

  • How much influence as a producer do you have with the choices made by the director and/or DP?

There’s synergy in almost all our projects and we strive towards finding a right balance.

  • What is the most important thing you have learned during your career?

Catering/Craft is the most important department on any film set.

  • If you had an unlimited budget at your disposal, what would be your dream production project?

I’d like to create something that sparks conversation about the environment and its welfare. Create something that inspires people and erases borders. A film that cancels subscriptions to norms that divide humanity. I’m unsure today if this problem can be solved by an unlimited budget, But this is my dream production.

  • What does the future of film look like?

Perennial. There will always be a need to for art. It inspires the masses, opens their imagination and provokes thought. A good friend once said ‘ten percent of who we are is formed by the people around us, the remaining ninety percent is the last film you saw.’ This I hold true, even today.