“It was thrilling, just a great morning, one of the great mornings of my life,” reveals producer Emma Tillinger-Koskoff about receiving an impressive two Oscar nominations this year as producer of Todd Phillips‘ “Joker,” which raked in a field-leading 11 nominations, and Martin Scorsese‘s “The Irishman,” which followed with ten nominations. “21 nominations, the greatest crews, I’m so, so proud of everybody,” the double nominee proclaims. “Just sitting there watching every category with ‘Joker,’ ‘Irishman,’ ‘Joker,’ ‘Irishman,’ it was really magical.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Tillinger-Koskoff above.
Tillinger-Koskoff believes that there are different kinds of producers on various projects, depending on who is at the helm and what the specific demands of each shoot might be. “I’m a director’s producer,” she explains, noting that on projects where a director has such a singular vision, her role is as a facilitator and overseer to ensure the production goes as smoothly as possible, for the cast and crew to each bring their A game.
“I work very closely with the filmmaker to help realize their vision and shield them and protect them as much as I can from the pitfalls of film making,” she explains. “For me every day is about making sure that, whether it’s Marty or Todd, that they have a really safe, protected environment to create and do their job.”
“Filming can be long, hours can be intense, and you want make sure that everyone is OK and not too tired and the energy is good,” she adds. “There’s a lot of troubleshooting, there’s a lot of problem-solving, there’s a lot of tears and angst and laughs!”
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