It takes a whole lot of people to make a movie happen. It takes a whole lot of (non-Hollywood) stars to align to make it great. The task list is never-ending when it comes to making a movie get off the ground, and even more work to make it a hit. Movie producer Richard Iott should know, he was Executive Producer on many successful movies including “Insight” which he co-produced with GC Pix as well as “Happily After,” “Separation Anxiety,” and “Glass City” which he collaborated with Glass City Films. As founder of Braeburn Entertainment, producer Rich Iott knows that in order for a movie to be successful, it has to be marketable. “If you want to make it big in the movie industry, you have to convince other people to finance it, if not, you might find out it’s not such a good idea after all,” says Rich.

Movie Producer Rich Iott Tells Us What Makes a Great Movie

A movie involves various locations, actors, costumes, music and so many other things. But one of the key ingredients of making a movie is passion. Without it, the hard work can’t really be justified and it makes it harder for the team to keep going. Making a movie takes long hours on a day-to-day basis, which can equal months or even years before it appears on the silver screen. Without passion which leads to motivation, it’s practically impossible to make it happen. Passion is required from the movie producer, the movie director, the actors and other people that are supporting the endeavor. “Making a movie is truly a team effort. Every person relies on another individual. The actors can’t do their job if the writers don’t do their part. The director can’t implement his vision if the actors don’t do their job and so on,” says Executive Producer Rich Iott. “It is the ultimate team sport.”

Great acting, of course, is another crucial part of making a great movie. Great acting means the audience can’t really see or feel that the actor on screen is actually performing. The “act” feels real, allowing the audience to believe the dialogue, monologue, story and reactions of other characters involved. “For a little while, the audience forgets that what they’re seeing on the screen is a story for the sake of entertainment. If the acting is great, to the audience, everything that’s happening is real,” says founder of Braeburn Entertainment. Think of Heath Ledger in the “Dark Night” and his portrayal of madness. He truly epitomized “being crazy.” He did not “act crazy”, he just was. Great actors are truly invested in their roles, sometimes having to learn and acquire new skills to really play the character.  This includes performing their own stunts (to the dismay of the insurance companies),  learning new skills or even a new language or accent. There are ‘players’ and there are ‘actors’. Think John Wayne versus Johnny Depp. They were/are both extremely good at what they do; but what they do is totally different.