Story – Robert McKee's Creative Storytelling Magazine Issue 005 – Drew Carey - Page 74

HOW HOLLYWOOD REALLY WORKS Let’s talk about producers. There are certainly some bad producers and some great producers. Generally, by and large, the people who are in production are pursuing it as a passion. There’s a tremendous amount of competition to be in the movie business. There is no prerequisite for being a producer. Producers are usually smart people who could make more money doing something else, but they have a passion for motion pictures, just like writers, just like directors. Most of the players in the movie business are passionate players— they are people who want to pay for the material they have. They may not have a lot of money to pay, but they don’t want to steal people’s material just out of self-interest. Stealing someone’s work, especially someone who is just starting out and you could probably buy their work for not a lot of money, is idiotic because you’re better off paying a little bit when you have the money and not having a lawsuit later. You don’t want to encumber your project with compl