In filmmaking terms that’s things like development, strategy, finance and budgets, schedules, talent etc [Ummm, that metaphor’s a bit on the thin side…].
But that’s the impression I was left with after chatting with Edinburgh-based film producer Katie Crook in Spoon bistro on Nicolson Street one recent Saturday morning.
The role of producer may require a vast skillset, but other parts of Katie’s career are equally broad: she runs Blue Iris Films with Olivia Gifford, she runs a script consultancy service, she DoPs for some Blue Iris corporate films, she arranges crew for productions and she also undertakes short term production coordinator contracts.
One of her highest profile projects is ‘Boat‘, a short film due for completion round about now (end of May 2012), for which Katie acts as producer alongside writer/director David Lumsden.
There’s been lots of publicity for this film, which features a submerged city of Edinburgh as the setting for a post-apocalyptic story about a father and son, stranded in a small boat, journey across the waters to an unknown destination.
In today’s IADF podcast Katie draws on her experience as a producer to talk about making a living as a filmmaker, collaborating, funding films and the role of the producer.
In today’s podcast interview
Blue Iris Films
Katie Crook on IMDB
Olivia Gifford on IMDB
Jonathan Ley – Useful Content
Boat – boatthefim.com
Giles Lamb – Savalas
Bristol Encounters film festival
Screen Academy Scotland
Mark Stirton and One Day Removals
Mark Stirton on I Am Do Filmmaker
EIS – tax incentive scheme
Anthony Devine – matte painter on short film Boat
Film 4 Shooting Gallery