Easy Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable
Carly Hugo | Film Producer

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If you’re interested in becoming a filmmaker, producer, director, or writer


Carly Hugo is a young independent film producer with an already impressive track record. She has produced the work of anyone from Academy Award-nominee Vera Farmiga to Beyoncé.

Born in Framingham, Massachusetts in 1984, Hugo earned a B.A. in Film Studies from Columbia University in 2006. While studying at Columbia, Hugo interned for production companies, worked on various movie sets and worked in script development.

After graduating from Columbia, Hugo co-founded The Group Entertainment, a talent management and film production company, with 3 other partners. The company represents 25 leading film, television and theatre actors, and produces 3-5 films per year.

After 6 years, Carly left the company with her producing partner Matt Parker to found Loveless, a production company.

Hugo produced the video for Beyoncé’s “Rocket,” Vera Farmiga’s directorial debut, Higher Ground (2011), the documentary Hot Coffee (2011), which was awarded a Television Academy Honor from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and indie-hit Bachelorette (2012), starring Kirsten Dunst and Rebel Wilson. Carly also produced Mother of George, a film that recently won Best Cinematography at Sundance. Carly is also currently in production on the film Everything is Copy, a documentary for HBO about the late writer Nora Ephron.

Carly also recently produced “Self-Titled,” an online multi-part doc about Beyoncé’s visual album, directed by Oscar nominee Zach Heinzerling.

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The first film I worked on was Loggerheads, and I was on set… I think I was 19 years old. Pretty quickly, I got an idea of how a sets run.

I realized that to set myself apart from the PA pack, you had to be indispensable – so that if I wasn’t there, people would notice. The person that everyone starts relying on is the person that they’re going to need to keep by their side.

So yeah, I just started asking for more responsibilities, and I just started taking them. If someone said “read this script” I would read the script, but I would also do research on ideas for a casting and ideas for locations where you could shoot, and I would present that all when I told the producer what the script was about. I said, “oh well you can do this this and this, and this is maybe a way to raise money,” and I would always like really try to present a bigger package and try to insert myself into conversations I didn’t really have any business being in.

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Cinematography: Danielle Calodney

Audio by: Andreina Velazquez

Edited by: Danielle Calodney

Interviewed by: Isabel Castro

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