The Executive Producer is the person(s) responsible for putting together the financial and/or creative package that makes the movie, film, web series, or video possible. Whether pulling from their own resources or sourcing additional financial capital, the executive producer role is whats brings together the monetary means to make the project get off the ground.
The producer is involved in most if not all aspects of the filmmaking process. The job entails doing everything from selecting and working with screenwriters, casting, pulling in executive team, working with director during production, involvement in the post production suite, and working with distributors. This role is typically seen wearing many hats during the filmmaking process. Roles and responsibilities are clearly defined on the outset of each project since there are varying levels of involvement.
The director is the interface between the analytical and creative departments. The role is responsible for communicating between the producers and translating the project into the images and sounds that make up a film or video. This includes directing all the activities associated with casting & crewing up in pre-production, production, and post-production. The director makes most of the creative decisions throughout the filmmaking process relying on the strengths of the crew that has been brought together for the project.
The Director of Photography or cinematographer is responsible to the director for achieving optimum photographic images for the film. Specific duties include selecting the camera & lighting equipment, supervising camera & lighting crew, determining the lighting pattern and exposure for each scene. The cinematographer collaborates with the director for the photographic style of the film.