An indie filmmaker named Susan IM’d me yesterday on my meebo chat widget, saying she was looking for a producer’s rep, but was hesitant to blindly respond to listings on the Web, and asked if I had any recommendations. Unfortunately, she signed off from chat before I could finish composing my response.
My answer is that I totally understand the hesitance to blindly pick a producer’s rep. The relationship between filmmaker and producer’s rep is very critical. Even though it’s a professional relationship, personal preferences do come into play. it’s very important that the parties share a vision about the filmmaker’s project, that they work well together. It’s a very indidualized relationship, and for that reason, I don’t offer recommendations. Instead, I encourage filmmakers who are searching for producer’s reps to reach out to their colleagues, other directors and producers, and ask for their feedback on who they’ve been happy with in representing them.
There are lots of places on the web where filmmakers congregate to network, exchange ideas, and generally support each other and the craft. One of my favorites, FILMCOMMUNITY.COM, is a good place to seek opinions from filmmakers on options and recommendations for producer’s reps.