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What exactly do you mean by "the producer?"  The producer, the executive
producer, or the line producer?
 
I am a script/continuity supervisor who works on feature films here in
NYC.  In terms of current practices in the industry, the role of the
producer changes according to the size and scope of the film.  For
example, on a big budget project, the producer delegates the hiring of the
below-the-line personnel who will comprise the crew to a production
manager or line producer.  But, on a small, independent film, besides
bringing together the creative team,  the producer is also responsible for
putting together the crew.  The producer sets the tone for how the crew is
treated by the director and the cinematographer and under what conditions
they are expected to perform. So, the producer influences the quality of
the film in many more subtle ways than you might think.
 
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