SURROUND YOURSELVES WITH GOOD PEOPLE
workshop with Michael Hausman Famous American film producer, production manager and assistant director Michael Hausman, who produced some of the most influential films that have marked the last decades of the 20th century and the beginning of 21st century, held a workshop on the last day of the festival. Although the young film authors were a little tired of “moving pictures” and events, they were not holding back their excitement to have the chance to hear one of the most successful producers who was also a member of the jury of Kustendorf 2013. Thanks to the welcome and the applause, Hausman said that he is very happy to be at the festival, adding that he is glad that he had the chance to see many great debut films. Before the beginning of the workshop, Hausman wished to show a some of his film projects that formed and keep forming his career, by showing a film collage he titled A Life in Film. Describing his career as a mix of big and small films, Hausman explained that before his work in the film industry he worked as a stockbroker and that thanks to that job he managed to understand the meaning of money. During the 1970s he began his collaboration and friendship with Milos Forman. Hausman stated that in his business, it is rare to find a collaboration that has lasted 40 years, because in most cases the director and the producer tend to quarrel after 15 minutes. Speaking about his work as a producer, Hausman emphasized that it is only because he understands money and film that he managed to control finances and with that enabled the directors to finish their projects. He explained to young authors that they should view producers as their friends, people who lead, protect and help them, and that it is important for every author to meet and work with quality people. Hausman added that the producer is in actuality “the little bird on your shoulder whispering in your ear” what to do. Hausman then described in great detail about his work in certain films such as Gangs of New York directed by Martin Scorsese and Goya's Ghosts by Milos Forman. With these specific examples, he explained that the Studio does not necessarily have to be a enemies of the film, and that it is much easier when the director and the producer observe that relationship as something that will help them when the project reaches a crisis point. At the end of the workshop, Hausman advised the audience about the importance of working on other people's stories and screenplays, adding that the work with «other's» material is an excellent practice for everyone. He did however warn young authors against doing remakes of other people's films. With a spirited remark that he is waiting for the call from some of the workshop's attendees, Hausman concluded the workshop by the showing of a short clip from the 25th Columbia University Film Festival in which he played the main role.