Fri, 07 Jan 2022 08:16:35 GMT
Isabel Cafaro-Anderson is a 10+ year veteran in the Film and TV industry. Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Canada but now calls New York her home, Isabel recently joined Assembly as Supervising DI Producer. She has worked the ranks from PA, to assistant director, to Producer, settling into the Post-Production world, where she has been for the past six years. Prior to joining Assembly, Isabel has worked at Refinery29, Postworks, and Lightiron, where some producer credits include various branded video content for companies like Sorel and Neutrogena, Netflix's Springsteen on Broadway, HBO Max's Gossip Girl, and HBO's Scenes From A Marriage.
Isabel> I’ve always had an affinity for film and TV, and it all started when I was a kid, watching Annie (1982 version) over and over again. I knew I wanted to be a part of the entertainment industry. Producing just came natural to me so that is what I wanted to do.
Isabel> My first (paid) role in production was actually a receptionist at a well-known post production facility. Directors, cinematographers, and producers would come by to make their projects and it was always so great seeing them view their final product. It made me realise I wanted to be a part of that finishing process.
Isabel> Trial and error! There’s no right or wrong way of being a producer. I learned from experience, and I’m still learning with every day.
Isabel> I was asked to produce a short film a friend of mine wrote and wanted to direct. This short had no money whatsoever, so that challenge was to make something great without financial backing. I called in a lot of favours and created a film that ended up being award-winning.
Isabel> I’d say this is true. A producer should be organised, and gather resources needed for any type of production, all under budget. The medium shouldn’t matter when you know how to see a project through from beginning to end.
Isabel> I love working with first time filmmakers, directors, cinematographers, screenwriters. Helping them to see their hard-earned work come to life is always rewarding.
Isabel> Almost everything has changed! When I started, the majority of movies were shot on 35mm film. Now, everything is digital, to the cameras projects are shot on, to their deliverables. Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu were not even in existence, so seeing that form and become as popular as they are now is astonishing.
Isabel> The starry-eyed filmmakers seeing their passion projects come to life.
Isabel> Resourcefulness and killer problem-solving skills, which can be learned. You have to be adaptable, and aware that you did not choose a 9-5 profession. There will be late nights, and seven-day work weeks.
Isabel> This was in my day as a production assistant on a TV show, but I once had to drive three hours (there and back) to pick up a custom-made leather harness for a pig. This was for a cooking show, so you can imagine how crazy that was.
Isabel> I eventually want to work my way up to a place where I can financially and resourcefully give women and POC filmmakers an accessible platform to create and distribute their work. The industry is still very white male dominated and we need to work harder to give others a voice.
Isabel> Spending time with my family is very important to me, so when I’m with them, I try to shut work out as much as possible. I like to relax by doing art projects or reading with my four year old daughter.
Isabel> I like how this job isn’t redundant. Every project is unique, which keeps work interesting.
Isabel> If you’re in it for the glitz and glamour, producing is not for you.
Isabel> A hard-working and dedicated team who respect each other.
Isabel> Trust and openness: Clients who are spending money don’t like being lied to. If something can’t be done for some reason, tell them! They’d rather hear the truth than hear empty promises. Being honest leads to lasting (and reoccurring) relationships.view more - Meet Your MakersAssembly, Fri, 07 Jan 2022 08:16:35 GMT