Nina Jacobson Talks About Being A Female Producer On The Hunger Games Movies

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Answers by Nina Jacobson, Film and TV Producer, Producer of The Hunger Games movie franchise:

A:Jen is every bit as fun to work with as she seems like she would be. She is not a method actor, which means that she doesn't need to stay in character between takes. She can (and does) go from being a total goofball one minute to delivering a jaw dropping emotional performance the next. Its kind of a freak of nature thing to watch. She's very close with her costars and with Francis so she spends a lot of time just hanging out. She also reads a lot on set (like I do) and is always looking for a good book recommendation.


A:Honestly, I don't think it's harder to be a producer as a woman. I think it helps me because I don't get bogged down in shows of male dominance that can sometimes get in the way of the best idea prevailing. Directors are another subject. Ultimately, mentorship plays such a big role in breaking directors that successful male directors tend to reach the helping hand to guys who remind them of themselves. We need more women directors so they can reach out to girls who remind them of themselves. We also need more men to be aware of that tendency so that they can reach out to women who remind them of their sisters or their daughters or who are just talented and don't remind them of anybody.


A:There is a variety of different kind of producers. I'm a very hands on creative producer. I find material that I think would make a good movie or TV show, find the right financier/studio/network, hire a writer, get a good script, find a director and collaborate with him/her to cast the movie and hire department heads. Then I'm on set, working with the director to make sure the movie is becoming the best version of itself. Throughout post production, I stay involved, seeing cuts of the film, listening to music cues and, in general, try to make sure that the film works for us and for audiences. I also interact with the studio or network to make sure we keep an eye on the money, spending where we need to, saving when we can. Sometimes I work in my office, just reading material, meeting writers, working on scripts. Other times, I'm on location. There's a lot of variety.

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