I’m a Post Production producer. This isn’t the career I thought I would have, but it’s one I’m grateful to have found. In my 20’s I pursued acting in New York. I worked more than most, but I still needed a support job to help pay the bills. By the time I turned 30, I found my cater/waiter support job had inadvertently developed into a full time management position. Unfortunately, that industry wasn’t where I wanted to be. Something had to change. I had to rethink how to better use my skills.
I moved out to LA, and eventually was fortunate enough to land a job as an assistant to Producer Rob Tapert, partnered with Sam Raimi at Renaissance Pictures. They had just begun making “Hercules: Legendary Journeys, soon followed by “Xena: Warrior Princess.” At Renaissance I began learning how to make the stuff that employed actors. And it was fun. For the first time, the job that paid me became my passion.
Over the years I watched the television landscape change before my very eyes. During my years on “Sex and the City” I saw the genesis of cable networks as a provider of premium original content. Success could be counted with a much smaller specialized audience. But as other cable networks began following suit, the audience began to splinter. The costs of making television were still high, but now there would be less viewership to pay for it. Long before the recent economic crash, television had been keeping an eye on the ever-changing bottom line.
As a Post Production Producer, it’s my job to make sure that the show ultimately looks and sounds great. And if I do my job right, you’ll be swept into the world of the show without noticing I’ve even been there. After the material is shot, there’s an involved editorial process, picture finish, including color correction and some careful invisible VFX to fix the stuff you shouldn’t see, as well extensive sound and music design. I have to get each episode to the Network in time for it to air each week, and I have to find creative ways to make it happen for less. Fortunately, I’m also an admitted geek when it comes to new technology, so as each new tool becomes available, I’m eager to incorporate it into my arsenal.
On Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie” we shoot in High Definition video instead of film. There are cost savings, but happily there are creative benefits as well. When HBO hired me to run Post for “Bored To Death,” my previous experience with HD was crucial. My growing experience with changing technology had become an important asset.
Producing may stress me out from time to time, (as my husband will attest!), but I love my job and the constant growth that comes with it. Over the years, I’ve realized that my most valuable skills are my abilities to learn and adapt. As my industry evolves and economic landscapes change, I intend to change with them.
Photo:Brad with Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)