- How to make a movie!
- How to PRODUCE a film!
-How to be the best Movie Producer
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"When a parent shows up with an attitude of entitlement, understand that under it is a boatload of anxiety.”
The best thing to do when making a film is hire or get people who know what they are doing technically, and with whom you can be in sync, artistically.
-Developing the major elements of the project
-Totally at the expense of the producer
-Selling, money, doing work, showing what you have on the table
-The period that commences as soon as the financing (grants or other funding) has been secured
-Make sure you have all of your Film Agreements in place
-AND make sure you know how to run a proper MEETING
-Immediately follows the development, securing and organizing of personnel and equipment needed for production
-Pre-production SAVES you a bundle in the future IF you're properly organized
-Know the Rules of Film Budgeting
-Orchestrate all the players, location, equipment, cast, crew and props to prepare for any complications that might occur once the film is rolling
It's important to think about CONTINGENCIES during this phase.
What if the weather turns bad?
Do we have an alternate location ready to go?
Is there something else we don't have?
Where are the nearest hardware stores, gas stations, restaurants, groceries, rental cars, etc.?
Back-up CREW MEMBERS.
Make sure before getting to Film Production that:
-Legal problems and FEES are all completed
-Rights acquisitions for songs etc. are taken care of
-STAFF CONTRACTS are drawn and signed
-It is the phase in which most problems can occur
-There are no substitutions for solid groundwork in pre-production
-This is the stage of the manufacture of the RAW PRODUCT
WHAT THE PROJECT FAILS TO DO IN PRE-PRODUCTION AFFECTS THE FILM PRODUCTION, AND WHAT THE PROJECT FAILS TO DO IN PRODUCTION AFFECTS POST-PRODUCTION - ALL OF WHICH WILL AFFECT THE END RESULT
-More than 80% of what happens in post- can be fiscally determined in pre-production
-In order to do so the producer must have a clear understanding of the entire process
-THEY HAVE TO KNOW WHAT EVERY JOB DOES AND HOW TO GET THE JOB DONE - THAT IS A GREAT FILM PRODUCTION
Think of the project from Z to A
-Delivery of the product by those who licensed, and control availability to consumers
-DON'T JUMP INTO FILM PRODUCTION WITH LITTLE CONCERN ABOUT THE WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TO THE FILM
-Know where you are going and why the film is being made
-The key to a successful filmmaking career is distribution - without it, no one will ever see your FILM
-In producing, your job is to create a marketable product
-Cosumption of the product by the audience
BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE WHOLE PROCESS
“Film is one of the three universal languages, the other two: mathematics and music”
FRANK CAPRA, Director (It's a Wonderful Life, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington)
MONEY-SAVING TIPS FOR FILM PRODUCTION
1. PREPARE A DETAILED BUDGET
Shot list every nuance in advance. See how the story is going to flow visually - then you can change it. Go over the action, dialogue, technical requirements, camera angles, color schemes, costuming, blocking, lighting sound etc...
2. REHEARSE YOUR ACTORS
Build trust with your actors. When it's time to get to the set, it may take only a word or two from the director to get the actors ready for the camera.
3. COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR DEPARTMENT HEADS
People skills are the number one advantage of any kind of filmmaking. Having good people skills, evoking a good performance out of the cast, crew, PAs, studio people and investors, and being able to have people share and believe in your visions and stories are absolutely paramount to the success of any director.
Quotes from Film Producers in Film and T.V.
YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO PEOPLE YOU DISAGREE WITH - TAKE THOSE CRITICISMS FOR WHAT THEY ARE AND LEARN FROM THEM
"A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babsitter were worth it"
ALFRED HITCHCOCK, Director (Psycho, Rear Window)
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