Interview with producer Till Helldobler

  • A producer is a leader or a boss?

I would say, it is none of that. A producer is of course leading in some way but from my perspective he/her is doing way more than that. Besides obvious things like taking care of the money, talking to agents, talking to actors/actresses, organizing locations , he/she is building a team that works.

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

I love working with people that are trying to be real and emphatic. Additionally, it is always a pleasure to work with people that are open minded and have a strong believe in what they love to do.

  • What do you look for in a script?

I always hope to get a script that I can instantly imagine. That is most of the time a good sign.

  • How do you select a director?

I flip a coin, just kidding. It varies from project to project. The subject of the film matters.

  • 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 would go with second one because otherwise you limit the level of creativity that goes with writing a script.

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

The role of the producer is a bit different on every project whether the budget is large or small.

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

Absolutely varies from project to project. Sometimes it is the director. Sometimes it is the actor/actress. Sometimes It is the producer.

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

It is all about working with amazing people, working on projects that matter to you and learning.

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

I would love to produce a film that is eco-friendly.

  • What does the future of film look like?

We will see. I am not in the position to say that. Even If I could.