I have been a fan of film for a while but really never understood the complete "picture" for one coming together. You see so many different company names during the opening credits that makes me wonder, what exactly is the entire process? For example, what is an executive producer? I take it that some writer sells the original script to a company which usually changes it. Do studios front the money for most productions? Is there usually a different studio that takes on the cost of releasing a movie to theaters? I pretty much know what the director does. What does the producer really do? Executive producer...was does he or she do? The editor, its pretty obvious what he or she does. Can anyone take on the challenge of mapping it out for us, along with all the possible options or changes to the process. Please point me in the direction of another thread on this if one exists. A search for one would be difficult.