Ask me anything, I am an award winning Independent Film and TV producer and I have worked hard, It's a tough industry and it is not all about the art.

Clare Pearce
Sep 14, 2018

I have worked hard in this industry since I first started Art school and found my passion for image and sound together, back in 1996. I originally wanted to be an artist, as art is all I lived for but sound and vision together is my true love. Hence I then combined my interest and started working in TV, as a runner. I was told by people higher than me,  that producing isn't a job for women and this only spurred me on to prove them wrong. Years later I had done what I wanted and I had become the top of the tree in TV and I left knowing I had worked for all the big companies as a director and a producer, I had done it and I had done it well!.

I now own my own production company. www.losteyefilms.com

I now make films and we are about to start making our own TV series, our slate is strong and its been incredibly hard work. Most importantly the industry has changed a lot and for the better. I am looking forward to my and our future. I have many stories to tell.

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What training or experience really helped you become a producer?
Sep 16, 2:43AM EDT0

Hi Cassio, 

Easy queston, My training in TV has been invaluable , I spent 8 years working in Tv as a producer and finaly a director and the training serves me everyday in what I do today.

Tv has tought me so much and I am very gratful that I chose to start my career in that meduim. 

Sep 17, 4:58AM EDT0
What was the route to founding your own production company?
Sep 16, 12:30AM EDT0

Hi Humphrey, 

I was lucky to get into a university and study fine art when I was 26. I fell in love with image and sound and started making short films and art instilations. I left uni and applied to be a runner in TV,obvioulsy trying to combine my love for image and sound. I worked my way up through the ranks and was soon producing and directing for MTV, BBC, ITV, Sky, Channle 5. I was working 86 hour weeks and creating work that I was not proud off. So I left became freelance and met my buisness partner ( he wanted to make films) him and I started making good qulity music videos, wich was great fun and our demand became huge, we were making around 7 music videos a month.  During this time we make our first feature film and this film was a cult hit, it got disibuted by Lionsgate, eOne. We formed our production company and havnt looked back. 

The result is now that having my own company,  I work harder longer hours but its for the company and I get to make work that I belive in and I want to make. Its a jorney that I will drive full force and I will succeed in. 

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Sep 17, 4:49AM EDT0
Do you find raising finance the hardest part of producing? What’s the most unusual way you’ve ever funded a film?
Sep 15, 9:44PM EDT0

Hi Malaya, 

Raising finace is only a small percentage of my job role (about 5%) alot of people in or outside of the industrey beleve that raising finance or dealing with finance is the whole of the poducers job role. Its only a small part of what we do.

I dont find it the hardest part of my role at all, the hardest part is getting the film made and delivered ontime, in budget and to a high standerd.

A producer spends their time , Jumping over many obsticals, handeling attitudes and people, avoiding money magnites and bad deals and other people making bad deal's on your behalf,  all the while making sure the director and your team are doing thier job properly and finaly the producer delivers a product thats been promised and fulfillings that brief. thats the hardest and most fulfilling part.  

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Sep 17, 4:38AM EDT0
So many independent producing companies are right now making great content for different streaming services. How do you see this trend evolving in the future and would you like to participate in these projects?
Sep 15, 9:35PM EDT0

Hi Matt, 

Yes .. yes .. and yes.. I see this way of delivering content as the futuer of TV and film. I think sales agents are a dying breed and will no longer be needed and that they are just an extra cost to the film that will be gone very soon. With our next productions (particulaly film) we will be cutting out the sales agant and looking at new ways for us to deliver our work to an audience. Great question. 

Sep 17, 4:30AM EDT0

DO you finance films yourself or seek out partners?  Have issues over financing derailed any of your film projects?

Sep 15, 11:47AM EDT0

Hi again. 

Raising finance for a film is not my favorate part of being a producer, But  its the start.begining that gets the ball rolling. Only about 5% of my job role will be raising finace.

We never invest our own money in a film, we seek out finance from private investors, or co production etc. So far I have only had 1 of my productions that I havent been able to secure full finance for yet and I know the reasons why.

Getting any film or TV series into production is hard and only a few make it. 

Sep 17, 4:26AM EDT0

How do you choose a story to make into a film?

Sep 15, 1:46AM EDT0

Hi Jamie,

Its a mixtureof processes. 

We can generate scripts in house or we can look outside of ourselfs and find an intresting story that we can option and the adapt. We do both.

One of the best things to keep in mind is what is current, what sort of storys are pulling audence at the moment. what is the next big genra that will be grabbing audence attention.

We are always looking for the next story that grabs our attention. 

Sep 17, 4:20AM EDT0
What are some notable differences between the past and modern role of an independent film producer?
Sep 14, 8:05AM EDT0

Money.... ha ha! As an indiependent filmmaker you are constantly fighting to get your film fananced, made and seen. You have to fight for every part of the production and not just fight but make sure you keep fighting and are standing at the end just to take one more punch. The big studio system is still going strong, so that doesnt leave alot of air space for the independent film maker's work to get seen . So its a big battle and to conclude , along the way everyone (Dist,Sales,and Investment finace fees etc..) takes a large cut of what little profit the film makes receive . So its hard. But I enjoy creating work that we can be proud off, I like the challange and I like the amount of creativity and freedom. It only takes one of our productions to get a fanbase and it makes it all worth it. then you do it all again. 

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Sep 14, 9:31AM EDT0
What inspires you to create films? Are there other talents that you have and enjoy doing?
Sep 14, 6:26AM EDT0

Hi Chi, 

I am inspired by sound and image, when we finaly get to a stage in post production when we start shaping the edit and combining the image with the score or sound, I love it..love it... Beautiful images put to Beautiful audio... it excites me everytime. I love art and I am inspired by all art. If I am not making films or running a buiness then i will be going to art gallerys or gigs, or paining/ drawing. I orginlay wanted to be an fine artist and I think I might go back to that later in life. I also love photography and I was a photographer when I was about 19-20 years old. 

Sep 14, 6:35AM EDT0
What mistakes do you see beginners in film production make? Did you also make the same mistakes? What did you learn from them?
Sep 14, 1:12AM EDT0

Hi Terry, 

Technology has made it easier for anyone to shoot and make something, unfortunatly i see all the time poor production values, bad qulity. Noone wants to watch something they can not hear or see properly. And a sales agent or channel worth anything will not sign something that is painful to watch. Particlaly in the music video and film world.  

Everyone wants to be a director, what alot of beginners in the industry are not aware is that the director dosent have the final say on anything concerning the production, the director has to work with and unltimatly answer to the producer and some directors are not too keen on that, and that includs final cut.

 I have experienced a few of these things through my time and its very commen and funny each time i re experience but I am not going to name here., just yet :) 

Sep 14, 2:17AM EDT0
If a new writer has a totally original and compelling story, but not a completed script, would you consider doing business with them? Why?
Sep 14, 12:51AM EDT0

Hi Alpeshvala,  Yes of course, it depends how good the story is. I have done that already this year. We found an amazing story, that was only short and we have optioned this story from the writer and we are preparing a screenplay.  If the story is worth it, then do it. Its the story that is key. 

Sep 14, 2:05AM EDT0
As a producer, how involved in the writing of a project do you get? Are you more involved in the initial development?
Sep 13, 6:10PM EDT0

Hi Cassio, As a lead producer i start the project from the begining. I will find a story or book or script/screeplay that excites and interest me and i will brian storm it. If the story holds up, I will option it and then its all go,  I will be involved from the start to the final delivery of the film. The producer is there all the way through, sculpting the film from start to finish. 

Sep 14, 2:02AM EDT0
Are there any individuals whose story you are really inspired by or anyone that you are proud to have worked with? Are there any people in the business that you’d like to collaborate with in the future?
Sep 13, 5:13PM EDT0

Hi Edsmont, 

 I am inspired by the wonderful talented Andrea Arnold and would love to work with her, I tried to get her to work on one of our scripts we had optioned bt she was too busy. For thier work alone I am inspired by Oliver Stone, Patty Jenkins, Kethryn Bigelow and Quentin Tarantino's work. I look upto Cherylann Martin as a hard working female producer. 

Sep 14, 4:04AM EDT0
Is digital technology an opportunity or a threat for film-making business?
Sep 13, 3:47PM EDT0

Hi Wynner,  Digital technology has both an oppotunity and a threat.

Technology has made it possible for anyone to pick up a camera and shoot,edit and add VFX. basically to make something on very littlle money, anyone can do it. but at the other end of that the film world is suffering badly because the world of illigal downloading. Particulaly Independednt film maker. Middle of the road distribution does not  know how to combat the problem of iliigal downlaod and poorly funded and under supported filmmakers find it very hard to make any money from thier film. I will give you an example. Our first film ws made for £17,000 thank you technology ( and experence) . Our sales agent sighnd the film and it was realsed world wide. Now the film has been illigaly downloaded at least 5 million times ( and that was only on one illigal site).  If we made the film for £17,000 that woudl mean we made no money while shooting the film, we sure didnt see any of that 5 million. Before illigal downloading, the film maker would have seen some of that money. 

Sep 14, 1:57AM EDT0
Which awards have you won and what do you think contributed to this success?
Sep 13, 5:23AM EDT0

Hi Hussnain, 

Awards do not really mean much unless they are from the big award academy's, Like a BAFTA, OSCAR or TONI but none the less its always nice to get them.  I have won 4 awards in total, so there is room for more hint.. hint  :) The most prestigious is proberbly the London Independent film festival (LIFF) for best film ( "Best Film" is an award the producer wins). What contributed for the success, I guess it will have to be a good story that stood out, that was acted well and made well. 

Sep 13, 12:28PM EDT0
Why is copyright important to you as a film-maker? Can you say something about the collaborative nature of film-making?
Sep 12, 4:33PM EDT0

Hi Asmakhattak, Thank you for the question. I am not sure I understand your question but here is my resonce. in order to complete a film and get that film distributed, the film and the script has to be copywrited. This is to prove that the production company making the film/ script ownes it and its thier's to make. That they havnt copied it or stole it from someone. So the idea of copywrite is a good one and helps protect everyone in the industrey, including the studio/investors and cast a crew working on the film.  As you know all productions are collaborative and all cast and crew are hired to work on that production and they get paid for thier time. its very much like for example a car factory or any buisness, the workers build the car and they get paid by the company for building that car but the car is a ford and gets sold under the company name becasue its the company that made the car and put in place all recourses and finance, everything to be able to make that car, a production is exactly the same. 

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Sep 13, 5:13AM EDT0
With your own company, what types of projects do you see yourself involved with in the future?
Sep 12, 2:58PM EDT0

Hi Zmduarte, I just answered this question from Rahul. here is my responce - With my own production company I have had to start small. Our first film was made for £17,000 in total. I was lucky that we signed the film to the big distributers and that helped us get known for the first time in the film world. With each production we make we climb the ladder to higher and higher budgets, through hard work, determination,  we have made ourselfs investable. What projects do i see myself working on in the futuer? Bigger budget productions, with more budget you can spend more money on screen wich then doesnt limit the ideas that you can create and deliver. I am just going to keep working hard and keep picking the right stories to move ahead with. If i keep going and keep trying to make the best productions I can, then I will be happy.  Right now, we are working on a number of productions, some for Tv seies and some as films. my buisness plan is to keep upto date and find those scripts/books/stories and writers. 

Sep 13, 4:40AM EDT0
Can you share an overview of your career strategy? What types of projects do you see yourself involved with in the future?
Sep 12, 12:24PM EDT0

Hi Rahul, 

I wasnt born into money or have any one in my family that was able to offer me a foot in the door to the industrey. I have had to work from the ground up. I learnt my trade while in TV and I only got into Tv because I worked hard at Uni. But now with my own production company I have had to start small. Our first film was made for £17,000 in total. I was lucky that we signed the film to the big distributers and that helped us get known for the first time in the film world. With each production we make we climb the ladder to higher and higher budgets, through hard work, determination,  we have made ourselfs investable. What projects do i see myself working on in the futuer? Bigger budget productions, with more budget you can spend more money on screen wich then doesnt limit the ideas that you can create and deliver. I am just going to keep working hard and keep picking the right stories to move ahead with. If i keep going and keep trying to make the best productions I can, then I will be happy.  Right now, we are working on a number of productions, some for Tv series and some as films. my buisness plan is to keep upto date and find those scripts/books/stories and writers. 

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Sep 13, 4:36AM EDT0
What are the three most important aspects of film-making to you and why?
Sep 12, 12:13PM EDT0

Hi Snowie, Thats an easy question :)

number one - The Story. without a good strong entertaining story, you may as well push money and all the hard work down the drain. 

Number 2- The production value, make sure its made well or noone will want to broadcast it/release it or watch it. 

Number 3- Being diffrent. If you make something that stands out, it will sell itself. 

Can I add a forth please. 

Number 4- the talented, hardworking team that make the film. The crew, they are all amazing. they stand in the cold and under the buring sun, down in a damp hole in the ground or in the snow. They are dedicated and talented and all they want to do is make great work. 

Sep 13, 4:26AM EDT0
What kind of film industry job would you advise a person that has similar aspirations to yours to take that would help them grow both creatively and professionally?
Sep 12, 9:01AM EDT0

Hi Geovanna, In my opinion that would depend on your skills and intrest. A good way to learn and find the direction in the TV and film industry that matches your interest and to build your skills, would be as a runner. A runner position in film or TV would give you the opportunity to learn, make contacts, get paid and find your path. To gain a job as a runner, contact your local production houses or film companies, drop an email or phone call to a producer and ask if they have any runner jobs going. , they all are looking for runners all the time. 

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Sep 13, 4:20AM EDT0
How does the role of producer change when the scope of the production is different?
Sep 12, 5:01AM EDT0

Hi Nkuna, The role of the producer does not change, the role is the same even if you are making an advert or a feature film. the producer is the core and there from the start and the producer has to see it thorugh to the very end, even long after the cast crew and director have left. , The producers are the ones finding the production sculpting the production and pushing the project all the way through to completion and they are the ones that have to answer if things go wrong. 

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