Curriculum

DAY 1 – MORNING SESSION

Producing & Directing

  • The Hollywood System
  • Hiring Talent and Casting
  • What is Low Budget
  • Purchasing Hot Scripts
  • Budgeting and Scheduling
  • Guilds and Unions
  • 16mm vs. 35mm vs. digital HD
  • Filmmaking A to Z
  • Storyboarding and Organizing
  • Contracts and Agreements
  • Hiring Crew and Renting Equipment
  • The 1-, 2- and 3- week shoot
  • Cameras, Lights & Sound
  • PLUS Screenwriting A to Z

DAY 1 – AFTERNOON SESSION

Shooting the Film

  • Hiring a Production Crew
  • Budgeting Secrets and tricks
  • Directing the Actors
  • Directing A to Z
  • Directing the Crew
  • Directing the Camera
  • Directing Post-production
  • Getting 25-35 Shots per Day
  • ADR, Foley & M&E
  • Finishing Your Film
  • Scheduling
  • Music, Score & Lab
  • The Answer Print
  • PLUS Filmmaking A to Z
DAY 2 – MORNING SESSION

Marketing & Distribution

  • The Festival Circuit
  • Marketing Do’s and Don’ts
  • Attracting a Distributor
  • Deal Memo Points
  • Foreign Sales
  • PPV & VOD Revenues
  • Hiring a Publicist
  • Creating a Festival Buzz
  • Sundance & Cannes
  • Which Agent to Hire
  • Net vs. Gross Deals
  • Video & Cable Profits
  • Maximizing Revenues
  • PLUS Studio Deal making A to Z

DAY 2 – AFTERNOON SESSION Financing and Profiting

  • Raising Production Money
  • Forming a Production Company
  • Securing Independent Investors
  • SBA $750,000 Guarantee
  • Negative Pick-up Deals
  • Packaging Agents
  • Securing Bank Loans
  • Guaranteeing Profits
  • What to Offer
  • Play-or-pay Deals
  • International Co-productions
  • The 50-50 net Deal
  • Completion Bonds
  • PLUS Independent Financing A to Z