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Dream Jobs: An Interview With Film Producer Ian Reed

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English Film producer Ian Reed (c) I. Reed

English Film producer Ian Reed (c) I. Reed

British film producer Ian Reed worked in hotel management and real estate, before following his passion for movies and becoming a film producer. Each of these careers are both rewarding and challenging, but there is one aspect that the 50-year-old Englishman values the most: helping people fulfil their dreams! 

“My family and I love a good movie and when we watch one, it’s a family event with popcorn and all! So my passion for film has always been there,” Ian explains. “But when it comes to business we’ve been successful at running hotels and property. Then one time we invested in a couple of London films as an alternative. It was all very interesting, but unfortunately financially it didn’t go very well, due to bad management. But I realised that if things were managed well, it could potentially be a life changing thing for not only my family, but for a lot of people involved in the project.”

 (c) I. Reed

“The movie business is not the easiest business, but there are so many great things happening, that makes it all worthwhile.” (c) I. Reed

Starting as a producer
“So I decided to work on a few films as a producer, handling the finances and negotiating contracts among other things, and I’m happy to say that worked out well. Since then we’ve been going from strength to strength. The movie business is not the easiest business, but there are so many great things happening, that makes it all worthwhile. People are living their dream and that’s wonderful. That’s one of the best aspects of my job: being able to see the look of sheer joy on the faces of people involved, who see the film for the first time after it’s released. Being able to help them in their careers is just worth its weight in gold.”

Toughest job in the world
Being a producer is probably one of the toughest jobs in the world… well, part from being the queen of England, maybe,” he quips. “It involves a lot of tasks. As a producer I get a script and it’s my job to turn that into a feature film. From the word ‘go’ I get started on getting a director involved and raising the finances, which incidentally is always slightly tricky, because you don’t want to run out of money during the production! We then work on casting, locations and music… getting a studio on board for the post-production, arranging contracts with all the people involved, shooting the movie itself, then going into post-production and finally selling the film to the international market. With a bit of luck I get a few days of holiday, before starting on the next project!”

Actor Eric Roberts will play the lead in the feature film The Dark Return Of Time (c) Reedfilmproduction.co.uk

Actor Eric Roberts will play the lead in the feature film The Dark Return Of Time (c) Reedfilmproduction.co.uk

The Dark Return Of Time
“So yes, my life is very busy, but I like it that way,” Ian admits. “At the moment I’m working on a few projects. One of them is a supernatural thriller called The Dark Return Of Time, which we’ll be filming this summer in the beautiful  city of Paris. We have a fantastic cast and crew. The movie stars Eric Roberts, his wife Eliza, Bill Cobbs, Matthew Ziff and Hélène Cardona among other fabulous actors. There is also a top Swedish music production company working with us, as well as triple Emmy-nominated music composer Sharon Farber and musician Olivia Lawson. It will be fantastic. This film is based on a novel by acclaimed author R.B. Russell and turned into a script by writer Todd Niemi. It was one of the books I just couldn’t put down, it was so gripping and simply cried out to be made into a feature film. The promo material for the movie will be presented at the Cannes Film Festival next month. Very exciting!”

Stories of courage, hope, love and faith
“I love it when a story is based on real life events… Stories of courage, hope, love and faith are always dear to my heart. I find stories about people’s incredible challenges to be very compelling. My own life changed on May the 11th 1985, as a result of a huge fire in a football stadium in Bradford. I was there when the place was engulfed in flames. There were 56 people who died that day, including several close friends of mine. At the time I feared for my own life as well. I prayed and decided that if I came out of this, I would commit my life to doing good and making a difference for other people. I know there are so many people who have gone through similar life changing circumstances, so those kind of stories truly compel me.”

Exclusive country hotel
Apart from the film business, there is one business related dream that Ian would like to see come true. “I love spending time with people, and not only do my family and I own a lot of properties in the UK, but we also have a few hotel investments. It’s my dream to have an exclusive little boutique hotel, where people from all over the world can enjoy a lovely meal, by a big roaring fire and can walk in the beautiful countryside. It’s something I’ve always wanted and I’m very grateful that this dream is not too far away.”

If you want to read more about Ian Reed and his projects, please take a look at his website: www.reedfilmproduction.co.uk and follow him on Twitter: @ReedFilmEnt

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My name is Veronique and I’m a journalist/copywriter from the Netherlands with a fascination for all kinds of subjects. From my greatest passions: interviewing and writing, to random things like the British Secret Service and storm chasing…

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