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Nflm 3456 | the Producers Role | Syllabus

Nflm 3456 | the Producers Role | Syllabus

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COURSEDESCRIPTIONThiscoursefollowsaproducer'srolefromtheselectionofmaterialthroughitsdevelopment,preproduction,productionandpost-productiontothedeliveryofthecompletedwork.Onceafilmorvideoprojecthasbeendevelopedandisinpre-productionaproducerorganizesandprovidesthebestpossiblesupportsystemandteamforthedirector.Slbeisresponsibleforprovidingalltheelements,humanandmaterial,aswellasherorhisownexperience,professionaljudgmentandassistance,tocarryoutthecombinedvisionofthefIlm'swriter,directorandproducer.Whenbudgetsarelowtheproducer oftenhastodoscriptrevisions;casting;findmgpropsandwardrobe;obtainingequipmentatlowrates;legalandaccountingwork;collaboratingwiththedirectorandeditorduringandaftertheshootandplanmarketinganddistribution.Producingstudentandlow-budgetfictionandnon-fictionfilms/videosoffersinvaluableexperienceinlearninghowtohandlelargerproductions:howtoarriveatacompellingstoryline,judgethetalentsandskillsofaboveandbelow-the-linepersonnelandassessthevalueoftechnical'materials.GuestsincludeaDirectorandEditor.Studentschooseaprojecttheywanttoproduce,"pitchittotheclass,"andthenwriteaprofessionalproposalforit:theMid-TermistheFirstDraftofthatproposal,theFinalPaperistheFinalDraft.GRADINGPOLICYClassparticipation-10%~,Mid-termpaper-20%
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SUGGESTEDREADINGTheIndependentFilmProduc.:er'sSurvivalGuide
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Class#1-September8Introductions:studentsandtheirgoals/projects.Instructor'sprojects,
Whatis:
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film'?Misconceptionsofaproducer;variousproducercreditsAnoverviewoftheproducer'srole:headachesandrewardsThefilmmaker'sresponsibilities;screeningoffiction
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pp.1-18Class#2-September15Submittedorassignedmaterial:wheredoesitcomefrom?Toproduceornotproduce?Thatisyourquestion.Factorsindeterminingyourdecisionsaboutmaterial:quality,suitability,interest,market,cost,financingyourprojectSelectingtheappropriateformforthematerial.Readingfornextclass:Shootingto
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pp.18-35Class#3-September22Obtainingthematerial,ifnotassigned.Gettingthematerialintothemosteffectiveshape.Bestfootforward:synopses,treatmentsandproposalsPackageelements;"attachments."Classreceivesexistingproposals,synopsesandtreatments.
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Class#4-October6Pre-production:budgetingtheproduction;variousformsLine-by-lineexplanationofbudgetitems;definitionof"Above"and"Below."Therelationofthescheduletothebudget.Scriptbreakdown.Nextclass:3-minute"pitch"ofyourownproject.Readingfornextclass:ShootingtoKill-pp.122-138.Class#5-October13Classpitchestheirprojects.Three-minutelimit.Obtainingthefinancingfortheproject,ifnecessary.Wheredoyoufindit?Ifnecessary,settingupyourcompany.Whatkind?Thebusinessplan.Reviewofproposalformat.Anyquestions?Readingfornextclass:MakingMovies-pp.59-74Class#6
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#7-October20Breakdownofpotentialprofitforinvestors.NetandgrossprofitsCautionsandadviceforraisingmoney,dealingwithpotentialinvestors
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C.astingwithandwithoutacastingdirector.Responsibilityofproducerinthecastingprocess.Page2.
 
Wheretolookforactors.Readingsandauditions."Casting"adocumentary:thepre-interview.Agentsandnegotiations.The"favorednations"clause.Staffingandcrewing:keypositionsandorderofhiring.Whattolookfor:references,worksamplesandattitudeUnionversusnon-unionStaffandcrew;negotiatingfees.Differencesinpositionsinfilmandvideostaffandcrew.Thewriter:nowyouseeher/him,nowyoudon't.Readingfornextclass:ShootingtoKill,pp.219-228Nextclass:Mid-termpaper:6to10pageproposalofyourproduction.Class#8-October27Mid-termpapers(proposals)handedin.Commentsonwritingtheproposal.Locationscoutinganditsbenefits.Theproductionmeeting;fictionandnon-fictionproductions.Filmversustapeandstudioversuslocation.Preparingtheboards:productionscheduleforcast,crew
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Theshoot:theexpresstrainleavesthestation.Guest:Director:Readingfornextclass:ShootingtoKill,pp.228-244Class#10-November10Keepingthepeace:locationconditions;catering;crewandactors'wellbeing.Theproducer'sroleonsetorlocation.Crisiscontrol;parent,confessor,authorityfigure,diplomat.Perspective.TheroleoftheDirectorandrelationshipbetweenproduceranddirector.Paperwork:.contactandcallsheets;productionandwrapreports.Scheduleandbudgetconcernsduringproduction;thecontingency.Pagecountprojections.Videochecksanddailies;theroleoftheEditorduringtheshoot.Dealingwiththe"suits:"doyouwantitgoodoronThursday?Readingfornextclass:MakingMovies,pp.148-
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