Film ProducersCreating the idea, finding money for making a movie, finding decent directors, writers, and approving actors for their roles: these are the responsibilities of a producer. The producer must plan his or her work in an effort to make the movie successful so that it pays off; otherwise the producer loses money and prestige. In this article, we will use public opinion to point out the most influential and famous movie producers.

Walt Disney: Starting as a Photographer

Walt Disney won 48 awards for his movies even though he started as a photographer in New York. He was a very ambitious young man who never stopped at the achieved heights; his mind-set was to always reach higher. Early on in his producer career, he decided to devote himself to animated films and very quickly became very popular. The first cartoon character was “Steamboat Willie”.

It is believed that Willie morphed into one of Disney’s most famous cartoon characters, Mickey Mouse.  The other most famous Disney character is certainly Donald Duck.  As for his reputation, Walt Disney is known worldwide for his feature-length cartoons such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast. Walt Disney’s Snow White had a tremendous success and its international gross was equal to some famous movies.  Disney’s movies pass the test of time, periodically being re-released in theatres to an ever-renewing next generation.

Stanley Kubrick: All in One

The critics’ opinions on Stanley Kubrick’s movies were always in contention with each other and typically entirely opposite. He never made films twice; each of them had a different idea, disclosed new topics, occurring in different times. Kubrick was known as a versatile movie maker who might simultaneously perform as a producer, a director, an editor and a writer of his movies; therefore, of course, the craft of the movies produced by him was impeccable without any doubts.

Steven Spielberg: Commercially and Artistically Successful

Steven Spielberg’s success is known worldwide for his numerous epic and cutting-edge movies. There is no one in the movie-viewing world that did not see such movies as Jaws, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List, Catch Me if You Can, The Terminal, and War Horse, just to name a few. Moreover, he became the youngest director of all time, which certainly identifies him as an edge-pusher as well as a talented moviemaker.

David O. Selznick: Movies Based on Classic Books

David O. Selznick was a famous producer and the winner of numerous awards. What is truly surprising is that he won seven Oscars, but all on only one of his movies, Gone with the Wind. He is famous and renowned for producing movies based on classic books such as Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, A Farwell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway and Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. Knowing these movies from generation to generation, Selznick’s movies earned him great popularity and fame.

Saul Zaentz: Three Oscar-Winning Movies

Saul Zaentz is best known for his Oscar-winning movies: One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus and The English Patient. Because he possessed the exclusive rights for Tolkien’s novels, it was his movie studio that produced the “Lord of the Ring” series, based on the Tolkien’s books, which are now famous all over the world and gained enormous popularity.  This series earned a gross of over $93 Billion dollars world-wide.

Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer: Cooperation

These famous producers worked together to make such famous movies as Beverly Hills Cop, The Rock, Flashdance and Top Gun. Their movies are considered to be some of the  most financially successful as these producers earned about $3 billion on their collective releases. As everyone knew Simpson was a “party animal”, his death from drug-related heart failure was not shocking. The Rock was released after his death and dedicated to this producer’s excellent work and talent.

James Cameron: 3D Co-Developer

Having started his producer career in 1978 and gaining success for his epic movie, Titanic, James Cameron did not rest on his laurels. He continued to develop his career in the movie industry and became very popular by his successful improvements and use of 3D techniques in his movies.

These well-known producers have played an important role in the growth and expansion of the movie industry, as finding the idea for the movie and getting to know how to make that idea become what would be a successful movie rely mostly on the producer’s imagination and skills. It is vital to know which director to choose, which location to rent, or if the movie can become successful given its target audience.

Therefore, the producer must be intimate of the expectations his target audience will have, as well as be on the edge of innovations and have superb contacts to get audience-drawing actors and support staff.